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VATICAN CITY, October 6, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, Poland is denouncing "gender ideology" and the attempt by some German bishops to split doctrine from discipline.
Archbishop Gadecki is well known for his faithfulness to Church teaching. In late September, he and his brother bishops issued a statement in anticipation of the Synod on the Family reasserting Church teaching on marriage and the Eucharist, after having vowed in June to protect those teachings at the Synod.
In a recent interview, Abp. Gadecki upheld Church teaching on marriage and Communion and said gender ideology is "worse than communism."
Speaking on the Synod, he said all talk of a consensus at the Synod among the bishops is false. There is "no way to create a compromise" between truth and untruth, according to Gadecki. "What compromise can ther already be between truth and untruth?"
Further in the interview, the president of the Polish bishops' conference said gender ideology is similar to communism because it has "no regard for the human person" as it doesn't recognize human dignity as Christianity does, and is even worse than Marxism because it is "a pure ideology that is actually bent on destroying marital and familial relationships."
"By teaching gender theory, the good of having marriage and family is thrown into doubt, the institutions of marriage and family are destroyed by being labeled as 'oppressive,' as diminishing humanity rather than growing it."
He said the ideology may take many forms, but it ultimately has one goal: "the pulverization of society, so that man stays alone and is more easily manipulated."
"[Its]ideology is clear; it wishes to destroy the matrimonial union and the family," he stated firmly. "The image portrayed of marriage and the family by the media is tragic. What is presented so many times in the media as family has nothing to do with Christianity."
The prelate also highlighted the problem of discussing mercy, but with less emphasis on justice, sin and the notion of the truth. "That is a hermeneutic mistake," he said. "Justice and mercy are inseparable from one another." A person can experience mercy "by converting, by returning to the House of the Father after staring into the abyss."
He stressed that "no matter what situation a marriage might find itself in, be it regular or irregular, they must be aware that divine mercy accompanies them, immutably, for it is only in such a setting that they will not revert to guilt but strive to extricate themselves from sin and return to grace."
"The Church, in a way, serves like a GPS guide for humanity. This means that wherever there is man and where he is getting lost, it is enough for him to come to the Church, and the Church will show him the way to his right end, irrespective of where he is in the world, or his spiritual situation."
Archbishop Gadecki is currently attending the Synod on the Family in Rome, and is seen by many to be a hero in the fight to uphold Church teaching.
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