Pope Francis Speaks Out On Transgender Issues

Pope Francis Speaks Out On Transgender Issues

Pope Francis waded into the topic of transgender rights over the weekend, indicating that he believed “gender theory” was detrimental to marriage, but that members of that community should not be isolated.

“These people must be accompanied as Jesus accompanied them,” Francis said, while speaking to reporters on board the papal plane. “When someone who has this condition comes before Jesus, Jesus would surely never say ‘go away because you’re gay.’”

Francis cautioned, however, “Please don’t write ‘The pope blesses trans.’ Please.”

On Saturday, however, Francis indicated he firmly disagreed with teaching children they can change their biological identity.

“You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory,” Francis replied, when asked by a woman in the audience about childhood education.

“Today, there is a global war out to destroy marriage… not with weapons but with ideas,” the 79-year-old pontiff continued, while meeting with Catholics in the nation of Georgia.

“We have to defend ourselves from ideological colonization,” Francis said.

The pope also recalled how he has ministered to members of the transgender community throughout his career, and that while he disagreed with what he called “gender theory,” he believed transgendered persons should not be isolated.

Francis also commented on the U.S. election while traveling with the reporters, urging voters to vote their “conscience,” but said he would never get directly involved in the election for one side because “the people are sovereign.”

“I’ll just say this: Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience,” Francis said.

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5 Comments

  1. Witch
    October 21, 07:27 Reply

    coming from a man that’s part of a religious organization that has taken numerous men and women over centuries, and confined them to celibacy and childlessness? i laugh, marriage ni, divorce kó

  2. #Chestnut
    October 21, 07:38 Reply

    “…global war to destroy marriage… “. ppl really believe the LGBT is a calculated, premeditated attempt to fight against what I don’t know. and how can a small percentage of the entire world population, end the human race by not being hetero? people fail to realise that the LGBT community has been existing for centuries, yet the population of the human race is still growing out of control.

  3. Bain
    October 21, 09:35 Reply

    so what’s his point now..is he on marriage ,lgbt or jesus acceptance.

  4. Chandler B.
    October 21, 15:53 Reply

    All these ‘Pope Francis SPEAKS OUT on Transgender Issues’ and ‘President bla bla SPEAKS OUT on so and so’ and every other influential person who is SPEAKING OUT without actually speaking out.

    If you’re not speaking out things that would cause the hate to reduce, especially from people that practice what you preach, then don’t bother ‘speaking out’.

    You’re still saying the same thing you say about every other issue: ‘I’m not condemning you but I’m not approving of your lifestyle either’. When you’ve got something new to say that would actually change how we are treated do let us know.

    • Pink Panther
      October 21, 17:24 Reply

      ????? @ all the speaking out. You’ve got a very good point. Why ‘speak out’ when you’re not speaking anything substantially positive

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