Pope Francis on Friday slammed gender ideology as “dangerous,” arguing it could lead to the “erase” of humanity when people stop recognizing the differences between men and women.
The Catholic leader, who has previously been considered to be a relatively progressive pope due to his public statements on the criminalization of homosexuality being “unjust,” gave an interview to the Argentinian newspaper La Nación in which he said “Gender ideology, today, is one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations.”
He continued in the interview, translated to English by the Catholic News Agency, saying “Why is it dangerous? Because it blurs differences and the value of men and women.”
“All humanity is the tension of differences. It is to grow through the tension of differences,” Pope Francis argued. “The question of gender is diluting the differences and making the world the same, all dull, all alike, and that is contrary to the human vocation.”
According to to the head of the Catholic church, the push for global acceptance of left-wing gender theory is from people who may have good intentions, but “do not distinguish what is respect for sexual diversity or diverse sexual preferences from what is already an anthropology of gender,” which he says is “extremely dangerous because it eliminates differences, and that erases humanity, the richness of humanity, both personal, cultural, and social, the diversities and the tensions between differences.”
On homosexuality, the pope maintained as recently as January that while any sexual relations outside of marriage are sinful in the Catholic faith, gay activity is “not a crime,” according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“It's not a crime. Yes, but it's a sin. Fine, but first, let's distinguish between a sin and a crime,” he said, noting that “it's also a sin to lack charity with one another.”