The nun said she received a message from Pope Francis praising her work and saying that she «prays for her and her girls.
After a controversial nun opened a residence in Argentina for «trans women,» Pope Francis praised her work, referring to the men she assisted as «girls.
«Nun of the Trans»
This is Sister Monica Astorga Cremona, 53, popularly known in Argentina as the «Trans Nun», who opened the new complex of 12 small apartments, exclusively to house transgender people and their companions.
After hearing the news, the Pope responded in a statement, according to the nun: «Dear Monica, God, who did not go to the seminary or study theology, will reward you abundantly. I pray for you and for your girls».
«Don’t forget to pray for me. May Jesus bless you and may the Holy Virgin take care of you», she added, according to a report by Newsflare.
Priest praises Pope’s response
Jesuit pro-LGBT priest James Martin was pleased with the Pope’s words of congratulation to Sister Monica Cremona, saying in a tweet: «Wow. Pope Francis sends his support to a Catholic sister in Argentina who serves transgender women.
Cremona, says that since 2015 Pope Francis knows her work and supports her. His personal relationship with the top leader of the Catholic faith dates back much earlier, «even before he became a bishop,» according to Crux in 2017.
The nun, who is one of the Barefoot Carmelites, stated in the «Queering the Church» report at the time the Pope pointed out to her by email: «In Jesus’ time, lepers were rejected in this way. The men who want to be women are the lepers of the time».
«Pope Francis used the feminine pronoun when he said that trans people are the lepers of today,» according to the Catholic website Crux.
During 2016, the Pope described a woman who had undergone a sex-change operation as a «man» and also referred to her as having «married» another woman and agreed to receive them at the Vatican last year.
Commenting on the situation, the Pope said, «He who was she was married, but now it is he,» he said.
Controversial position of the Catholic Church
Last year Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, along with other Catholic leaders, published a statement of the truths of the faith in what they called «rebellion» and «grave sin» when a man tries to «become a woman.
«The male and female sexes, male and female, are biological realities, created by the wise will of God (see Gen 1:27; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 369). It is therefore a rebellion against natural and divine laws and a grave sin for a man to attempt to become a woman by mutilation, or even simply by declaring himself so, or for a woman to attempt equally to become a man, or to claim that civil authority has the duty or right to act as if such things were or could be possible and legitimate (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2297),» the document states.
Wow. Pope Francis sends his support for a Catholic sister in Argentina who ministers to transsexual women.
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) August 18, 2020