Pope Francis spoke out against the gender theory in a recent interview, echoing his previous comments expressing disapproval of transgender ideology.
“Gender ideology is one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations today,” Francis said in the conversation.
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The pope made the comments in a March 10 interview with Argentine newspaper La Nación — the conversation was translated into English by the Catholic News Agency.
“Why is it dangerous?” He continued. “Because it blurs the differences and worth of men and women.”
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“All of humanity is the tension of differences. It is growing through the tension of differences,” the pope said. “The issue of gender is diluting differences and making the world the same, all boring, all the same, and this is contrary to the human vocation.”
Though often touted as a progressive religious leader, Pope Francis has remained consistently orthodox on doctrines regarding sexuality and celibacy.
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The pontiff attributed the growing global push for gender subjectivity to well-meaning people who “do not distinguish what is respect for sexual diversity or different sexual preferences from what is already an anthropology of gender, which is extremely dangerous because it eliminates differences, and which erases humanity, the richness of humanity, both personal and cultural and social, the diversities and tensions between differences”.
Pope Francis said during a January 2023 interview that same-sex relationships “are not a crime” and called laws that penalize homosexuality “unjust”.
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At the Vatican, the Pontiff said that God loves everyone as they are and called on Catholics to do more to welcome people from the LGBTQ community into the Church. He also encouraged them to support laws allowing homosexual practices.
Among his remarks, Francis said it was necessary to distinguish between a legal offense and a religious sin as regards homosexual practices: “It is not a crime. Yes, but it is a sin. All right, but first let us distinguish between sin and crime”.