ROME, April 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his catechesis today, Pope Francis strongly refuted the foundational tenets of “gender theory” that forms the basis of radical feminism as well as the homosexualist political movement. The differences between men and women are not a matter of “subordination” as feminist and gender theory would have it, but of “communion and generation,” he said in his weekly General Audience at the Vatican.
The pope wondered aloud “if so-called gender theory is not an expression of frustration and resignation, that aims to cancel out sexual difference as it is no longer able to face it. Yes, we run the risk of taking a step backwards. Indeed, the removal of difference is the problem, not the solution.”
He asked whether the current global crisis of faith, of belief in God and Christian teaching, “that is so harmful to us,” and that builds “incredulity and cynicism,” could be “connected to the crisis in the alliance between man and woman.”
Pope Francis called for a “rediscovery” of the “alliance between man and woman.
“The earth is filled with harmony and trust when the alliance between man and woman is lived well.” He encouraged intellectuals “not to ignore this scheme” in their efforts to build a just society.”
In his ongoing catechesis on the family, Francis said that within the context of their differences, men and women are equally made “in the image of God.” The idea that men and women are naturally opposed, or the development of this idea by gender ideologues that human beings can be opposed to their own sex, is a manifestation of a larger problem, the pope said.