Teach­ing gen­der the­ory is wrong, says pope

The Myanmar Times - - World -

POPE Fran­cis said that teach­ing chil­dren gen­der the­ory in schools was an “in­sid­i­ous in­doc­tri­na­tion”, even as he in­sisted he had al­ways treated ho­mo­sex­u­als and trans­sex­u­als with re­spect.

“It is one thing to have ho­mo­sex­ual ten­den­cies or a sex change,” the pope said in com­ments to jour­nal­ists made on board the pa­pal plane af­ter he wrapped up a tour in the Cau­ca­sus and headed home to Rome.

“But it is an­other thing to teach it in schools.”

Try­ing to “change at­ti­tudes” like this is “ide­o­log­i­cal coloni­sa­tion”, the pope said, build­ing on com­ments he made on Oc­to­ber 1 in Tbil­isi, when he ar­gued that gen­der the­ory was part of a “global war” on tra­di­tional fam­ily val­ues and marriage.

Gen­der the­ory is, broadly speak­ing, the idea that while peo­ple may be bi­o­log­i­cally male or fe­male, they may choose to iden­tify as male or fe­male – or both or nei­ther.

When asked about his at­ti­tude to ho­mo­sex­ual or trans­sex­ual peo­ple, Pope Fran­cis re­peated his call that they should be wel­comed, ac­cepted and in­te­grated into so­ci­ety as much as pos­si­ble.

“Life is life, and things should be taken as they come,” the pope said.

“Please don’t write that the pope will sanc­tify trans­sex­u­als. I can see the front pages of pa­pers now,” he added.

“It is a moral ques­tion and must be re­solved as best as pos­si­ble with the mercy of God.”

Ear­lier in his pa­pacy, Fran­cis fa­mously said “who am I to judge?” about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity but in April this year re­fused to recog­nise same­sex cou­ples in new church guide­lines on fam­ily life. –

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