(As I said at the Changing Attitude facebook discussion of this:)
The idea of "re-baptism" is an alarmist over-simplification. Welcoming a person's current identity into the local church and Church Catholic; and affirming their baptism into that Church is all we seek surely.
Surely there can be no controversy!
The initiative is very welcome.
As has been mentioned, the use of the term 'baptism' is a bit of a can of worms, and not really what's needed.
What is needed is: welcome - affirmation - recognition - celebration - blessing - inclusion - commissioning and ongoing commitment.
For all these reasons, along with the more negative factor that trans people are so often marginalised, it would be really good if some kind of liturgy, or framework, could be developed.
Trans people are usually more empowered, not less empowered; more whole, not less whole; more open to the capacity to love, not less... after transition.
I think this truth - which has medical and legal recognition - should be embraced by the Church. One of the things a transitioning person needs most of all is acceptance, respect, and welcome.
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