In 1973, Eric Karl Swenson was ordained in the Presbyterian Church and went to work doing what he’d always dreamed of: ministering to a congregation of the Southern Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. More than 20 years later, one dream almost ended when another began. When the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta discovered in 1996 that Swenson had finally fulfilled another lifelong desire—having sex-change surgery to become a woman—it started proceedings to revoke Swenson’s ordination.This might not be a huge problem to those denominations who do not have an ordained priesthood, but this raises some interesting theological questions from a Catholic standpoint.
Can a transgendered person be a priest? If there is an ontological and unchangeable difference between men and women then no. A transgendered person cannot be an ordained priest in the catholic church.