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Vatican consultant warns African Church leaders on 'gender ideology'

August 11, 2010

A prominent Vatican consultant has encouraged Africa’s Catholic bishops to guard against the acceptance of a “gender ideology” that is being advanced by some international organizations.

Speaking recently to a meeting of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Msgr. Tony Anatrella observed that some relief organizations and international bodies bring an unhealthy ideological approach to African problems, promoting ideas that are in conflict with the truth about human nature and natural law. In particular, he said, “the theory of gender is the most worrying sign of the current ideas about man."

Msgr. Anatrella, a psychoanalyst who is a consultant to both the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, defined the gender ideology as the belief that "human nature does not exist because the human being is merely the result of culture.” This radical ideology, he said, has a revolutionary impact much like that of Marxism, except that “class struggle” is replaced by “the war of the sexes.” This approach, he said, cannot be reconciled with Christian thought.


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