‘Baptism and the Transgendered in the C of E:’ The cruelty of the ‘would-be-kind’ and incompetent

Dec 13, 2018 by

by Gavin Ashenden:


I wonder if Bishop Julian Henderson ever found the time or took the trouble to consult James Caspian, as he oversaw the preparation of the new ‘Pastoral Guidelines’ that the Church of England has released to be incorporated into the latest editions of the Church’s baptismal liturgy?

We have a list of four clergy trans activists whom he did consult, but Mr Caspian isn’t among them.

That’s a shame. Because James Caspian was a well qualified and well respected psychotherapist who had spent some considerable period of his life helping people who suffered from gender dysphoria, transition from one gender to another. He too was an activist. But he had discovered that the unfettered support of the trans project may be doing more harm than good.

Caspian was also a trustee of the Beaumont Trust, a charity that provides education about and support to transgender, transsexual and cross-dressing people. In an encounter with a surgeon who performed the gender reassignment operations, he suddenly found that a surprising and alarming proportion of people who had undergone hormonal and surgical re-assignment, deeply regretted it.


That was when the issue became more than a mater of choice, and disclosed itself as a catalyst for censorship and violence. Why that should be requires some thought and reflection. Nowhere does the Church of England appear to have asked itself why there even should be a dark underbelly of censorship lying under this issue. But let’s look at the censorship first. The violence follows all too quickly.

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Read also: Anglican Transgender ‘Confirmation’ by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative


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