Rio Gallegos, Argentina, Feb 9, 2021 / 20:01 pm
The Diocese of Río Gallegos reported Feb. 8 that it did not authorize an attempted marriage between a man and a male transsexual on Feb. 6.
The attempted marriage took place in the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, administered by the Salesian congregation in Ushuaia, more than 350 miles south of Rio Gallegos. It was witnessed by Father Fabián Colman.
According to the Argentine news agency Télam, Victoria Castro, a 46-year-old transsexual male, and Pablo López Silva, 54, asked Father Colman to hold a ceremony in the parish to proclaim their wedding vows according to the Catholic Church.
"We gave him the idea of doing this ceremony and he accepted. He told us that he only evaluates people's capacity to love. Of course, he consulted with the diocese, but personally he was always predisposed in our favor,” Castro said.
Castro and López Silva obtained a civil union in 2011 as a homosexual couple, but Castro decided to transition and currently defines himself as a woman.
Shortly after the news story was picked up by many Argentine media, Bishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva of Río Gallegos, said that “the celebration was not authorized by this diocese.”
"While we accompany all people without exception in their legitimate desire to receive God's blessing, we clarify that in this case there is no sacrament of marriage as believed and supported by the Church."
The bishop's statement also says that "the priest in question has already been properly warned."