ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is decrying "ideological colonization" of gender ideology.
In an interview conducted in late July, published Thursday by the Vatican, the Pope slammed the indoctrination of children by educational institutions. "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place," the pontiff claimed, responding to a question from Bp. Christopher Zadarko of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg.
And one of these — I will call it clearly by its name — is [the ideology of] 'gender.' Today children — children! — are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give ... money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible!
Remarking on a conversation held with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis recalled the retired pontiff quipping, "[T]his is the age of sin against God the Creator."
Pope Francis went on to highlight the connection between gender ideology and the various forms of oppression around the world. "It is a global problem: the exploitation of creation and the exploitation of people. We are living at a time when humankind as the image of God is being annihilated," he explained.
This way of thinking, he continued, has led to the present refugee crisis:
Why is there so much migration today? I am not talking about emigration from one's own country to another. This is due to lack of work; it is clear that people leave to seek employment abroad. This is a domestic issue. ... Here I am speaking of those who come to us, fleeing from wars, from hunger. The issue is back there. Why is the issue there? Because in countries those people are exploited, the earth is being exploited, there is exploitation for the sake of making more money. In talking with world economists who see this issue, they say: "We need to invest in these countries. Investments will lead to employment and then there will be no need to emigrate." But there is war! There is tribal warfare, ideological wars or other artificial wars created by arms traffickers who make a living from this. They give weapons to you, who are against them, and to them, who are against you. That is how they make a living!
Pope Francis is not the first pontiff to decry the push for gender ideology. In 2012, his predecessor Pope Benedict warned that the acceptance of such ideologies will lead to the persecution of Christians. "According to this philosophy, gender is no longer a given element of nature that a man has to accept and personally makes sense of it," Benedict had said. "[Rather], it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society.
"Gender is not something that is found inside of man as part of his essence, but rather, is imposed from the outside. We are now at the point where the individual decides these gender roles for himself."
Continuing, the pope noted the absurdity of this ideology. "The profound falsehood of this theory, and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious," he asserted.
Pope Benedict concluded by citing Genesis: "According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality [male and female] is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God."