Pope Francis reportedly met a Spanish transsexual man and his fiancee in a close door meeting at the Vatican early last week, according to Yahoo News. The transsexual man, Diego Neria Lejarraga, 48, from Plascencia, Western Spain had earlier written to the Pontiff in December last year expressing his grievances over being shunned and seen as an outcast by his parish and the local priest calling him “devil’s daughter.”
The Pope, after reading his letter, invited him for a discussion – setting an appointment but keeping the date discrete. The meeting took place at the Vatican on Saturday, according to Spanish Daily Hoy. Lejarrage, also explained that he was born a woman but felt that “my jail was my own body… because it absolutely didn’t correspond with what my soul felt”.
The church’s official position is not recognizing sex changes but the current Argentinian Pontiff expressed greater compassion and once quipped “who am i to judge” in reference to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community who wants to seek God.
The Vatican has neither confirmed nor declined the meeting actually took place, as reported in the Catholic Herald.