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THE WORLDS FIRST TRANSEXUAL SURGERY AND TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK 13 TO 19 NOVEMBER 2021.

From Attitude magazine.

Born in Germany in 1891, Dora Richter became a trans pioneer in the pre-Nazi era – but her exact fate remains unknown.

This article marks Transgender Awareness Week (13-19 November) ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday 20 November.

Hollywood might have you believe that the first trans woman to undergo gender reassignment surgery was Lili Elbe. That was certainly the impression I got from watching Eddie Redmayne in the not uncontroversial The Danish Girl back in 2015.

A few weeks before Lili had her surgery, the lesser-known Dora Richter had undergone the same procedures.

Dora was born into a poor farming family in 1891 in the Erzgebirge region of Germany. From all reports, she always identified as female and deeply disliked wearing men’s clothes. Her family allowed her to live as a female but this was clearly not enough – when she was six, she tried to give herself a DIY version of the operation she would later have: attempting to remove her penis with a tourniquet.

When she grew older, Dora – also called Döchen (little Dora) – moved to Berlin. Using her birth name, Rudolph, she worked as a male-presenting waiter or cook, in upmarket hotels during the summer season. For the rest of the year, she’d live as a female.

Although Berlin was soon to be the LGBTQ capital of Europe, Dora was occasionally arrested for the ‘crime’ of cross-dressing – transgender people were considered to be transvestites at the time – and served time in a men’s jail.

Finally, a sympathetic judge released Dora into the care of German physician and early sexual rights activist Magnus Hirschfeld, who ran the Institute of Sexual Research. She was even given special permission to wear women’s clothing.

Hirschfeld

Dora lived and worked there as a woman, being paid as a housekeeper, for more than 10 years.

Despite Germany now being the liberal Weimar Republic (created after the Kaiser’s abdication following defeat in the 1914-18 war), it was still difficult for anyone to get a job if their gender didn’t match the one they were assigned at birth, so the institute employed a number of former ‘patients’.

Dr Ludwig Levy-Lenz, who joined the institute in 1925, is reported as saying: “It was very difficult for transvestites to find a job… we knew this and were willing to employ [them].

“We did everything we could to give such people a job. We had five maids, all of them male transvestites and I shall never forget the sight when I happened to go into the kitchen. The five girls sat close together, peacefully knitting, sewing and singing old folks songs.

“They were the most hard-working and conscientious domestic workers we ever had and never did a stranger visiting us notice anything…”

Finally, in 1922, Dora had the first of her surgeries. Under the auspices of Dr Erwin Gohrbandt at the Charité Universitatsmedizin, she underwent a surgery called an orchiectomy in which the testicles are removed. The surgeon also began studying the effect reduced testosterone had on Dora’s anatomy.

Gohrbandt

Another doctor at the institute, Felix Abraham, wrote: “Her castration had the effect – albeit it not very extensive – of making her body fuller, restricting beard growth, making visible the first signs of breast development and giving the pelvic fat pad… a more feminine shape.”

Abraham

However, Dora had to wait nine more years before having her penis removed and being offered a vaginoplasty, becoming, as far as any surviving records show, the first person to have what was then referred to as a ‘sex-change’ operation. The procedure, which in Dora’s case was carried out by two doctors, including Levy-Lenz, involves the construction of a vagina.

It was this experimental but highly successful operation – with the following publicity – that attracted Lili Elbe to the institute.

Anyone who has seen The Danish Girl knows that Lili’s story did not end happily. Dora’s was at least as tragic.

In May 1933, some four months after Hitler came to power, a mob made up of right-wing students and possibly SS stormed the institute. They seized all Magnus Hirschfeld’s records and ransacked the building. Hirschfeld had already fled the Nazi terror and was living in France.

But Dora was still there – and was never heard from again. It is presumed she was killed in the attack, although it is possible she was arrested and died in custody. It’s not known just how many people were murdered after the institute’s records fell into the hands of the Gestapo and the police.

Although a small number of ‘sex-change’ operations still took place during the rest of the 1930s and 1940s, the Nazi persecution and the Second World War set back transgender – not to mention gay – rights by a generation. However, Dora’s bravery and determination shines like a beacon in those very dark times and she remains a transgender icon.

Her character appears in a 1999 German film about Magnus Hirschfeld whose title translates as The Einstein of Sex but her story deserves a much wider audience.

PAT SAYS

I find it fascinating that men of science were openly exploring transvetitism and transsexualism at the beginning of the 20 th century – one hundred years ago.

How clever, open and truth seeking of them – when even today many people are so closed minded on the topic.

We are still at the beginning of knowing all there is to know about the complexities of gender, sexual orientation and their psychological roots.

It does NOT HELP when church people promote and insist upon medieval and biblical understandings of this vast area of human knowledge and inquiry.

The first thing we must do when it comes to gender issue is to LISTEN and listen nonjudgementally.

We must also be guided by the scientific and medical professionals in this area.

And, most of all, as Christians, we should have COMPASSION.

“Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his mocasins”.

“But for the grace of God, there go I”.

DR LYDIA FOY

Lydia Annice Foy is an Irish trans woman notable for leading legal challenges regarding gender recognition in Ireland. In 1992 Foy had sex reassignment surgery, and began a 20-year battle to have her birth certificate reflect her gender identity. In 2007 the Irish High Court ruled that the relevant portions of the law of the Republic of Ireland were incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, but by February 2013 the law had not been changed and she began new legal proceedings to enforce the 2007 decision. As of 15 July 2015, Ireland has passed the Gender Recognition Bill 2014.

Dr Foy, painted the mini portrait below to thank me for my support.

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A VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING FILM ABOUT PRIESTHOOD AND CELIBACY.

THIS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING FILM ON CELIBACY WAS SUBMITTED ON A COMMENT RECENTLY. I THINK IT DESERVES A BLOG AND DISCUSSION OF ITS OWN.

There is no doubt about it than in this 21 st century celibacy should be OPTIONAL and not OBLIGATORY.

The alternative to it is:

1. Good priests leaving forgive and companion ship.

2. Less strong and principled priests leading double lives and living in moral compromise.

And after Rome has allowed so many former Anglicans to be ordained makes the celibacy rule a laughing stock.

A number of years ago I married a PP in his late 30s who left to marry.

He was replaced in the parish by a former Anglican with a wife and kids.

AND HOMOSEXUAL PRIESTS?

What do we do then about a priest who is a good priest and wants to stay but is in love with another man?

In most parishes the parishioners would have no problem with either a heterosexual or homosexual priest with a partner.

My own experience is that people have no problem with me being a partnered priest / bishop.

In fact my partner is regularly invited with me to attend wedding receptions.

It seems that only the episcopal homos suffering from internalised homophobia have a problem with partnered priests?

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THE VATICAN IS APPOINTING ONE BISHOP TO PRESIDE OVER TWO DIOCESE – GALWAY AND CLONFERT.

DUIGNAN
KELLY

PAT SAYS

Is this the beginning of the Vatican reducing Irish dioceses from 26 to 11?

It’s been talked about for a long time.

I’m not sure bigger dioceses with more remote bishops is not the way to go?

Bishops are already more remote.

Many of them are not even doing all the Confirmations any more.

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WELSH BISHOP CELEBRATES FIRST GAY BLESSING IN CHURCH OF WALES.

FATHER LEE AND FABIANO ON WEDDING DAY

This is a landmark and a really big step – a time to rejoice,” said Father Lee Taylor.

Father Lee and his partner Fabiano Da Silva Duarte have become what is thought to be the first same-sex couple to be officially blessed by the Church in Wales.

It comes after the Church’s governing body approved a new service of blessing for same-sex couples in September.

The move has put the Church in Wales at odds with its sister Anglican church, the Church of England, which forbids clergy from blessing gay couples.

Father Lee said the service, at St Collen’s Church, in Llangollen, Denbighshire, was “extremely special”.

“Our civil partnership took place at our local registry office in London in 2008. Although this was an important step for us it didn’t really feel like an occasion for great celebration back then,” he said.

“The ceremony was short and no religious content was permitted. It didn’t feel like a solemn and sacred moment.

“So this [blessing] is a really big step. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our love and union in the presence of God. It is exciting – a time to rejoice.”

He added: “We both have a deep faith and love of God and the church has always played an important part in our lives.

“We are very excited to have made this next step in our journey together.”

With a choir, bell ringers and family and friends attending, Father Lee said the ceremony had the “look and smell” of a traditional wedding.

“It has been a very moving and meaningful service for us. It had all the bells and whistles but without the actual marriage part,” added Father Lee.

Bishop of St Asaph, the Right Reverend Gregory Cameron
BISHOP GREGORY CAMERON

The Scottish Episcopal Church became the first Anglican church in the UK to allow same-sex marriages in 2017.

Other Christian denominations in the UK that permit same-sex marriages include the Quakers in Britain, the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, and the United Reformed Church.

PAT SAYS

I have even blessing gay unions for well over 30 years.

God is love. And wherever there is love there is God.

When it comes to same sex love why is it that so many people are concentrated on what such couples DO sexually?

Sexual intimacy is only one small aspect of a committed loving relationship – as anybody who has lived in such a relationship will tell you.

Love can never be a sin.

THE NEW INCUMBENT OF TUAM SHOPPING FOR BREAKFAST

He looks like a typical ACP man?

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD PRIESTS GONE – A WELL REMEMBERED PARISH PRIEST OF LARNE.

Archdeacon Byrne of Larne – 1942 to 1961.

I came to Larne in 1984 – 23 years after the death of Archdeacon Byrne and everyone was still talking about him.

He is still spoken of today with great fondness and admiration.

MARY MC AULEY

There was a Catholic parishioner in Larne called Mary McCauley.

After marrying a Protestant she became  every anti Catholic and went to Archdeacon Murphy and told him she had put 20 p in the plate every time she went to Mass.

She then demanded all her money back.

Next day Archdeacon Byrne went to the bank, got a bag full of 20 p’s and brought them to Mary’s house and gave them to her.

THE FAMOUS AMERICANS.

Archdeacon Byrne kept an open door, day or night, to all who needed him.

One evening his doorbell rang and there were two Americans at the door. They had missed their boat and decided as two Catholics they would visit the.local parish priest while awaiting the next boat.

The archdeacon brought them in a made them tea and sandwiches and the three of them had a long conversation.

Weeks later the archdeacon received a letter in the post from the USA with a cheque giving a large donation to the parish.

He was not a man of the world and didn’t realise he had entertained Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

He had simply treated them the way he treated everybody who came to his door.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD PRIESTS GONE?

I asked this question of somebody yesterday who has a broad knowledge of the Church and priesthood. His answer took me by surprise – “To the Boilerhouse!

Of course most priests have never visited a gay sauna, I hope.

I live in the diocese of Down and Connor. There is only one priest in the diocese I would trust to go to confession to.

There are just a few priests around Ireland I would respect.

There are probably more I don’t know?

I’d be interested to hear from readers about “good priests” they know, or think they know.

PHONSIE RELEASES NEW SINGLE

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ARCHBISHOP ROCHE SAYS LATIN MASS IS NOT BEING ABOLISHED BUT “REGULATED”

Archbishop Arthur Roche

This week Arthur Roche, on behalf of Francis, has begun reining in the Latin Mass Taliban.

He says that the Latin Mass and its celebrations are to be tightly regulated.

Eventually it will be celebrated rarely and with specific permission each time.

And on the rare occasions it is used it will be restricted to the Latin translation of the Mass of Paul VI.

This move by Francis and Roche is vital because the Latin Mass has become a rallying point for all kinds of crazies and anti Vatican II cranks.

Benedict did great damage by changing the Vatican II missal and importing strange and unpronounceable terms into it.

I sincerely hope Francis and Arthur do away with Benedict’s innovations and let us back to the precepts Benedict rite.

I have never used the Benedict missal.

I am very much a Vatican II man.

Vatican II was a whole council of the church.

While it never formally claimed inflibility, such a Council has always been regarded as a source of sound and binding teaching.

THE TLM PROTAGONISTS

Most of the TLM protagonists are people who want to reject Vatican II for a wide number of reasons.

Many of them are also involved in rejecting the papacy of Francis, who whatever you think of him, was properly elected by all the Cardinals in conclave.

The Mass of Paul VI is the one that is promulgated by the current, validly elected pope.

Why are these so called “Super Catholics” rejecting the teachings and instructions of the current pope?

THE HOMOSEXUAL WING

Thete is a strong homosexual wing among the TLM crowd.

They want to celebrate the TLM by day and be in the gay saunas by night – or in each others beds.

But they are secret homosexuals.

Among the Liberal crowd -people like Richard Purcell, they are blatant about their homosexuality. They flaunt it.

To quote the Scriptures: “They are boasting about things they should be ashamed of”.

THE BASICS

It’s good to keep faith simple.

We don’t need to keep inventing new religious groups like the TLM groups.

If the TLM groups are not willing to accept Vatican II or the duly elected pope, then maybe need to head off and form their own church.

The vast majority of the world’s Catholics accept Vatican II, Francis and the Mass of Paul VI.

They can have their own 21 st century reformation.

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SHOCKING RTE PROGRAMNE ON TUAM BABIES.

Tuesday night’s RTE programme on the buried children of Tuam was a shocking summary of what we know to date.

But the buck stops with the Bon Secour nuns who ill-treated and starved those babies to death before storing their poor little bodies in a sewerage tank.

The buck also stops with the Archdiocese of Tuam in whose territory this holocaust took place.

The following must now happen:

1. The Irish government must now put a commission of archaeologists, medics and lawyers in charge of the whole operation. Catherine Corless must me a vital part of that commission and perhaps chairperson.

2. All others, especially any Catholic Church person or their lackies, must be kept totally away from this investigation to stop them interfering – as is their way.

3. All the bodies must be carefully removed and taken to a secure and respectful location where the work of reassembling all individual babies must take place.

4. A full report should be prepared on each little baby and a huge effort made to identify them from DNA, birth certificates, death certificates etc.

5. Where possible every effort should me made to discover and approach any family members of the baby and give them full information on their deceased little relative.

6. When the work is over a solemn and impressive monument should be erected in Tuam naming all the children who perished in the Catholic Concentration Camp in Tuam.

7. The state should call a national day of mourning for the victims and a State ceremony of Remembrance should be held. All Catholic bishops, priests and religious should be banned from being present at this ceremony.

8. New legislation should be brought in to be able to charge any individual Tuam nun still living alongside legislation to charge the Bon Secour order and Tuam Archdiocese with corporate manslaughter.

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A THREE MONKEY MAN GETS TUAM.

The least known and least interesting creature among the generally uninteresting Irish Roman Catholic bishops – Francie Duffy – has been made the RC archbishop of Tuam by the RC bishop of Rome.

He is a former teacher and school principal with little or no parish experience.

As a Kilmore priest, he is another protégé of Sean The Wounded Healer Brady.

A safe man – famous for not thinking, not speaking, and not acting.

THREE INDIGNANT IRISH BISHOPS THIS MORNING.

1. FINTONENSIS MONAHANIBUS

Fintan,  the former secretary to Neary, wanted Tuam more than Snowwhite wanted to sleep with Dopey.

I’m told that he is beside himself with anger and actually flung his pectoral cross at his picture of Greasy Franki screaming VAFFANCULO.

In the Vatican’s eyes Fintan has been seriously damaged by letters from Tuam priests saying they would not accept him and by his handling of the case of one of his priests choking the turkey at Salthill and the infamous affair between 23 second Ger and Vonnie.

In the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome they still joke about Fintan’s handling of Vonnie and Ride.

The Vatican is also unimpressed by his friendship with Dick Purcell.

2. KEVINI HOMOPHOBIAENSIS DORENSIS

There was no way Pro Gay Francis was going to promote Doran after he publicly said that being gay was like being Downs Syndrome.

Francis regarded that as an insult to both the Gay and Downs communities.

Doran did say to an Elphin priest yesterday: “On the good side I will avoid all the packing and moving at 68”.

3. BRENDANISIMUS LEAHIENSIS

Leahy is disappointed but not as disappointed as he was when Farrell got Dublin.

And the good thing about Leahy is that he can always take refuge in a good theology book while he is licking his wounds at his cosy home in Stab City.

AND THEN THERE’S RICHARD BENNET GIBBONS

And then there’s poor Richard Bennet Gibbons PP who fancied himself to replace Neary.

But Richard annoyed Francis by fussing over him at Knock.

And Francis is not impressed with priests who wear black water silk fascias with their cassocks. Looks far too ambitious.

But a Cloyne priest says that Gibbons is now hoping to replace Duffy in Ardagh?

In the meantime he has Lola and Millie to comfort him.

COVID PECULIARITIES

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WHY DO BISHOPS AND PRIESTS THINK THEY OWN THE EUCHARIST?

“He said: Freely, freely you have received; freely, freely give”.

Currently some bishops, especially in the USA, are thinking of banning pro abortion politicians like Joe Biden, from receiving Holy Communion.

This begs the question: “Do bishops and priests own the Eucharist”?

In other words do these clerics have total authority over who receives the Body and Blood of Jesus?

JESUS BECOMING RRALLY PRESENT IN COMMUNION

We catholics believe that Jesus becomes really present in the Eucharist in the form of bread and wine.

Words like transubstantiation were not used until 1200 years after Jesus gave us the Eucharist.

Transubstantiation is a philosophical term attempting to explain a mystery. Spiritual mysteries cannot full be explained in philosophical jargon.

The Roman Catholic bishops and clergy think that Jesus gave them full authority over all things spiritual when he said to Peter: “What you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven”.

Protestant and other theologians believe that the power of binding was not just given to one man, Peter but the whole church – the People of God.

I agree with the Protestant position.

Only God can truly judge a man or a woman. Only God knows who is “worthy” of Eucharist and who is not.

Eucharist is not a reward for being good or respectable.

It is spiritual food for all – especially for sinners.

So, really the more spiritually hungry or sinful you are the more you need the Eucharist.

ALL KINDS OF EUCHARISTS

Jesus told us that if two or three met in his name he would be with them.

So if two or three meet in Jesus name and break bread and wine with each other in his name then surely Jesus is present with them in that “eucharist”?

I believe he is.

In fact he might be more present with them than in a three hour Mass in the Vatican in the presence of billions of pounds of wealth and antiques and with bishops and priests bonking each other and filling their bank accounts with Peter’s Pence?

They used to talk about Jesus being the “Prisoner of the Tabernacle”.

And the bishops and priests being his jailors.

The RC bishops and priests have hijacked Jesus and his message and turned them into massive inyernational money making casino.

I believe that if Jesus came to earth again he would take his whip into the heart of the Vatican.

And I also believe if he did that the Vatican bishops and clergy would crucify him all over again in St Peters Square.

For they are, truly, the current day Pharisees.

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VATICAN TO LOSE 100 MILLION POUNDS OF PETERS PENCE FUNDS IN DISASTEROUS LONDON PROPERTY DEAL.

7.11.21. Peter. Complicated Clergy.

The Vatican will incur a loss of £100m in donations intended for the needy when it completes the pending sale of a luxurious London office building now at the centre of an international criminal investigation.

The Vatican is in the final stages of selling 60 Sloane Avenue, a building in the Knightsbridge district of London, for about £200m to private equity group Bain Capital, according to several people familiar with the process. Bain Capital and Savills, which is managing the sale, both declined to comment.

Senior Holy See officials invested a total of €350m of donations in the London building between 2014 and 2018, the Vatican has said, meaning that the sale is expected to confirm a loss of about £100m for the Catholic Church.

The Vatican prosecutors say the money invested in the building and other investments was derived from Peter’s Pence, an annual donation given by Catholics around the world which, according to the Vatican, is intended “for the many different needs of the universal church and for the relief of those most in need”.

CARDINAL PELL

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s former economy czar, has said that if his office had been able to intervene sooner, it could have saved some of the money lost in the Secretariat of State’s controversial London property deal.

The Australian cardinal told the Italian newspapers La Stampa and Corriere della Sera in an interview published Nov. 4: “There was resistance in the Secretariat of State. But if the auditor, or we from the Secretariat for the Economy, had been able to intervene earlier, we would have saved a lot, a lot of money destined for the London building and also in other places.”

PAT SAYS:

When it comes to the RCC these days the problems are either SEX or MONEY or both.

Everyday there is at least one new RC scandal in the world.

It’s relentless. Never ending.

Today it’s £ 100,000,000 missing from Peters Pence money collected from all over the World to help the poor.

So it’s the poor who will suffer while RC prelates fill their cassocks with cash.

Italy should abolish the 1929 concordat and take the Vatican back into its own territory and make it subject to Italian, European and international law.

TUAM BABY PROGRAMME ON RTE ONE AT 10.15 PM

Tonight’s RTE ONE programme about the Tuam Babies is a must watch programme.

Prepare yourself to be shocked, angered and saddened.

This is one of the biggest rotten fruits of Irish Roman Catholicism.