It is that, he says, of those who teach “that everyone can choose his or her sex.” And meanwhile the Australian bishops document how “gender” ideology is advancing everywhere, at the expense of marriage between man and woman
Pope Francis meets with, hugs same-sex couple
by Sandro Magister
ROME, August 8, 2016 – Breaking the initial mandate of silence, the Holy See made public a few days ago the transcription of the closed door conversation that took place between Pope Francis and the bishops of Poland on the first day of his visit to that country, on July 27 in Kraków:
One reason for this unusual publication “ex post facto” was probably the desire to shut down the leaks that were circulating about the contents of that meeting, in particular concerning communion for the divorced and remarried, considering the staunch opposition of the Polish bishops to any concession in this regard.
In effect, to read the transcription of the long conversation, it does not contain any reference to “Amoris Laetitia” and to the relative controversies.
What it does contain, toward the end, is a vigorous harangue by the pope against “gender” ideology, which he branded as a “true ideological colonization” on a global scale.
Here are his actual words:
“In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. 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 you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this terrible! In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: ‘Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator’. He is very perceptive. God created man and woman; God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite. God gave us things in a ‘raw’ state, so that we could shape a culture; and then with this culture, we are shaping things that bring us back to the ‘raw’ state! Pope Benedict’s observation should make us think. ‘This is the age of sin against God the Creator’.”
The mainstream media practically ignored these words from Francis, which moreover were enriched with a substantial citation from the pope emeritus. And this comes as no surprise, because this is what happens every time Francis says something that clashes with his dominant media image, as a pope open to modernity.
Meanwhile, however, those are things that he has said, just as on other occasions in the past. And it can be presumed that they have not been well received by those sectors of the Church that advocate a drastic modernization of Catholic teaching on matters of “gender,” homosexuality, “marriage” between persons of the same sex.
These are ecclesial sectors that are extensively present and active above all in central Europe, with many bishops and theologians in the front ranks.
But it is also true that these modernist tendencies encounter the opposition of much larger sectors of the Church worldwide, for which the words spoken by Francis in Kraków against “gender” ideology are music to their ears.
One of many examples of this resistance front is the pastoral letter published at the end of November 2015 – that is, after the end of the synod on the family – by the bishops of Australia, addressed not only to Catholics but to all the citizens of that country.
In this letter, the Australian bishops vigorously defend the original vision of marriage between man and woman from the “confusion” engendered by so-called “homosexual marriage.”
And they do not limit themselves to denouncing this threat. They document it, listing a series of episodes that have taken place in various countries of the West that testify to the aggressiveness of the new ideology, so as to make marriage between man and woman become “a truth which cannot be spoken,” except at the price of punishment and humiliation.
The complete text of the pastoral letter from the bishops of Australia:
And here is the part of the letter that lists a good number of episodes manifesting what Pope Francis calls “ideological colonization.”
When marriage between man and woman is “a truth which cannot be spoken”
From the pastoral letter of the bishops of Australia: “Don’t Mess with Marriage”
Redefining marriage to include same-sex relationships will have far reaching consequences for all of us.
Here are a few real life examples that have occurred recently:
– The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ordered Christian ministers to perform same-?sex weddings under pain of 180 days’ imprisonment for each day the ceremony is not performed and fines of $1000 per day; some British MPs have threatened to remove the marriage licences from clergy who fail to conduct ‘same-sex marriages’.
– Clergy in Holland, France, Spain, the US and Australia have been threatened with prosecution for ‘hate speech’ for upholding their faith tradition’s position on marriage; the City of Houston, Texas, has even subpoenaed pastors, compelling them to submit sermons to legal scrutiny when discussing sexuality.
– In Colorado and Oregon, courts have fined bakers who refused on religious or conscientious grounds to bake wedding cakes for ‘same-sex weddings’; in New Mexico a wedding photographer was fined for refusing to do photography for such a ceremony; and in Illinois accommodation providers have been sued for not providing honeymoon packages after ‘same-sex weddings’.
– Yeshiva University in New York City was prosecuted for not providing accommodation to ‘same-sex married couples’ and other Catholic university colleges have been threatened with similar actions.
– Catholic adoption agencies in Britain and some American states have been forced to close for not placing children with same- sex couples: for example, Evangelical Child Family Services in Illinois (US) was shut down for its refusal to do so.
– Catholic organisations in some American states have been forced to extend spousal employment benefits to same-sex partners.
– In New Jersey an online dating service was sued for failing to provide services to same-sex couples and a doctor in San Diego County was prosecuted after refusing personally to participate in the reproduction of a fatherless child through artificial insemination.
– Parents in Canada and several European countries have been required to leave their children in sex-education classes that teach the goodness of homosexual activity and its equality with heterosexual marital activity; for example, David and Tanya Parker objected to their kindergarten son being taught about same-sex marriage after it was legalised by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, leading to David being handcuffed and arrested for trying to pull his son out of class for that lesson. They were told they had no right to do so.
– The Law Society in England revoked permission for a group called ‘Christian Concern’ to use its premises because the group supported traditional marriage which the Law Society said was contrary to its ‘diversity policy’.
– In the US, Canada and Denmark pastors or religious organisations have been forced to allow same-sex marriages in their churches or halls: Ocean Grove Methodist Camp in New Jersey (US) had part of its tax-exempt status rescinded because they do not allow same-sex civil union ceremonies on their grounds.
– British MPs have threatened to stop churches holding weddings if they do not agree to conduct same-sex ones.
– The Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam and a Bishop in Spain have been threatened with prosecution for ‘hate speech’ merely for restating the position of their religious traditions.
– The Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of the state of Victoria was pressured to resign his position on the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission after joining 150 doctors who told a Senate inquiry that children do better with a mum and dad; in several US states and in England psychologists have also lost positions for stating that they favour traditional marriage or families based thereon.
– Having allowed ‘same-sex marriages’, polygamous marriages have been permitted in Brazil and pressure for their legalisation is strong in Canada and elsewhere.
– Businessmen, athletes, commentators, teachers, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and others in several countries who have spoken in support of traditional marriage have been vilified in the media, denied employment or business contracts, and threatened with prosecution.
Thus a view of marriage – as between a man and a woman – which was previously common to believers and non- believers alike, across a whole variety of cultures and times, is increasingly becoming a truth which cannot be spoken. Redefining marriage has consequences for everyone.