Pope Francis earlier this month said gender ideology is “one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations” in the world today. “Gender ideology, today, is one of the most dangerous ideological colonizations,” Francis told La Nación, an Argentine newspaper, in an interview that was published on March 10. “Why is it dangerous?
Because it blurs differences and the value of men and women.” “All humanity is the tension of differences,” added the pontiff. “It is to grow through the tension of differences.
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.” The Vatican’s tone towards LGBTQ and intersex issues has softened since since Francis assumed the papacy in 2013.
Francis publicly backs civil unions for same-sex couples, and has described laws that criminalize homosexuality are “unjust.” Church teachings on homosexuality and gender identity have nevertheless not changed since Francis became pope.