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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis received in audience at the Vatican for a fourth time members of a group of transgender individuals.

L’Osservatore Romano reported today that at the Wednesday Papal audience this week, the Holy Father greeted and exchanged a few words with a group of persons who have either undergone a “sex-change” surgery or who simply identify as the opposite of their actual sex. The group was led by Sister Genevieve Jeanningros and Father Andrea Conocchia, who said the Pope’s welcome gave the group hope.

The Pope met with members of the group previously on April 27, June 22, and Aug. 3, according to L’Osservatore Romano. The meetings come as bishops and priests increasingly and openly have come out in support of homosexual and transgender lifestyles. The open dissent from the Church’s constant teaching ranges from hosting a Mass of Thanksgiving for a homosexual union in Bologna and a Mass featuring a drag queen in San Diego, to an “ecumenical LGBT prayer service” in Dublin and calls for accepting homosexual men within the priesthood in Germany. German prelates have gone so far as to call for a wholesale changing of the Church’s sexual moral teaching, in what other cardinals and bishops have denounced as open apostacy and schism.

In the name of inclusion, acceptance, accompaniment, and progress, the agenda of LGBTQ lobbyists is being pushed continually at the highest levels of the Church. “No one should encounter injustice or being thrown away, everyone has the dignity of being a child of God,” Jeanningros is quoted to have said, referring to the push to make room for sexually deviant lifestyles within the Church.

As LifeSiteNews reported earlier this summer, after the June 22 Papal meeting with members of the same “transgender” group, Alessia Nobile, a 43-year-old man who identifies as a woman, praised the welcome he received from Pope Francis. He had given the Pope a copy of his autobiography, called “La bambina invisible,” detailing the transgender thoughts and desires he had when young that led to his “transition.” The pontiff reportedly told him, “You did well to write your story. Bravo!” The man added that Francis also told him to “always be myself, but not to be wrapped up in prejudice against the Church.”

Despite the LGBTQ lobbying, the Church has not and cannot change its teaching of homosexuality or transgender issues, since it is based upon the order of nature established by God the Creator and stands immutably as part of the deposit of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.” (CCC # 2333) Likewise, in 1975, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared in Personae Humanae, “There can be no true promotion of man’s dignity unless the essential order of his nature is respected.”

These statements only express the Apostolic teaching of St. Paul in the First Letter to the Corinthians. “Do you not know that the unjust will not possess the kingdom of heaven? Do not err; neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor the evil-tongued, nor the greedy will possess the kingdom of God.”

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