Francis quotes Benedict on gender ideology: ‘This is the era of sin against God the Creator’

Catholic Voices Comment

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, celebrating the opening Mass for World Youth Day Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, celebrating the opening Mass for World Youth Day

The Vatican yesterday released the transcript in Italian and Polish of Pope Francis’s closed-door meeting with the Polish bishops after he arrived in Krakow last week.

The four questions and his lengthy answers contain many interesting points, including an insistence on the parish as the basis of church life, and his conviction that the main threat to faith today is a form of Gnosticism that seeks to separate God from Church and the person from the community.

A full report and transcript will be published here once the Vatican releases its English translation.

In the meantime, his remarks on gender ideology have generated controversy, with one report claiming that the Pope had “denounced transgender people as ‘annihalation of man’.” In fact, he nowhere mentions transgender people or gender dysphoria.

The ‘annihalation of man’ remark comes at the end…

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