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Pope Francis strongly criticizes transgender ideology

August 04, 2016

The Holy See Press Office has published the transcript of the meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of Poland that took place during the Pope’s recent apostolic journey there.

During the conversation, which took place on July 27, Pope Francis strongly criticized the teaching of transgender ideology to children.

“In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa and some Asian countries we are seeing some real ideological colonizations,” he said. “And one of these, I’m going to say it outright, is gender.”

“Today, children—children!—are told at school that they can choose their sex,” he continued. “Why are they taught this? Because the books are supplied by the people and institutions that give you the money. These are the ideological colonizations backed also by countries that wield a great deal of influence. And this is terrible.”

Pope Francis added:

Speaking with Benedict XVI, who is well and lucid, he told me: “Holiness, this is the age of sin against the Creator!” He is intelligent! God created man and woman; God made the world like this, like this, like this, and we are doing the exact opposite.


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Aug. 05, 2016 10:01 AM ET USA

    Here, (should I say, finally?) Pope Francis is doing what he should be doing - speaking out forcefully in a way that upholds Church teaching. Sadly, this won't be reported here where it needs to be heard. Sadly, too, much of the Pope's commentary on social issues does not clearly uphold Church teaching, and too often runs contrary.

  • Posted by: k_cusick1963 - Aug. 05, 2016 8:03 AM ET USA

    It's about time the Church spoke out! For the creature to shake a fist at his Creator and say, "You made a mistake when you made me male (or female) and I'm going to change who you made me," is beyond comprehension. To teach this malarkey to young children is another form of child molestation, in my opinion. The psychological consequences are just as life-long and destructive.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 04, 2016 5:25 PM ET USA

    Thank you for speaking out, Holy Father.