Teaching gender theory is wrong, says pope
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. –