Pope Francis calls for studies into ‘ugly’ gender theory

Pope Francis on Friday warned of the dangers of so-called gender theory, saying he had commissioned studies into what he condemned as an “ugly ideology” that threatens humanity.

Addressing participants of a two-day conference in the Vatican on the evolving role of men and women according to Christian teachings, Francis said what he called “gender ideology” was a threat because it sought to erase the difference between the sexes.

“I have asked that studies be carried out into this ugly ideology of our times, which cancels out the differences and makes everything the same,” the pope said.

“Canceling out the differences means canceling out humanity.”

Gender theory, often called gender ideology by its detractors, suggests that gender is more complex and fluid than the binary categories of male and female, and depends on more than visible sex characteristics.

Pope Francis leads a mass to open the synod of bishops in Vatican City, October 10, 2021. (credit: REMO CASSILI/REUTERS)

Pope recommends dystopian novel from 1907 about world without faith

The 87-year-old pontiff said he was still suffering from a recent cold and had asked an aide to read his speech, but first wanted to “underline” his feelings on gender ideology.

He said he remembered reading a “prophetic” book called “Lord of the World” – a dystopian novel published in 1907 by a Catholic priest about a world where religion has no place – which warned of the risk of canceling out differences between people.

“Read it if you have time, because it speaks of these problems of today,” the pope told his visitors.

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