“You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory,” the pope said in response to a woman who had asked about it being taught in schools. Francis made his comments in an impromptu response to a question at a meeting of the small Catholic community in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia. (Reuters)
Gender theory is broadly the concept that while a person may be biologically male or female, they have the right to identify as male, female, both or neither. (Independent)
Pope Francis said on Sunday that homosexuals and transsexuals should be treated with respect but that teaching gender theory is unacceptable “indoctrination” of young people.
“This is against the nature of things,” he said. “One thing is that a person has this tendency, this condition and even changes their sex, but it’s another thing to teach this in line in schools in order to change the mentality. This is what I call ideological colonization.” (CNA)
In August, Pope Francis said also: “Today, in schools, they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their gender.”
A Spanish bishop was publicly attacked for being against “Gender Ideology” in June this year.