Pope Francis is speaking out against the idea that gender exists along a spectrum, comparing the theory to nuclear war and saying it does not “recognize the order of creation.”
The remarks came from a new book published in Italy, in which the leader of the Roman Catholic Church spoke out against what is known as gender theory.
In the book, Pope Francis said that Christians must safeguard creation and have a duty to respect and care for the environment. He said that every historical period has people who “destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.”
“Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings,” Pope Francis stated, via National Catholic Reporter.
“Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.”
“With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator,” he adds.
“The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate.”
“God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth,” Francis says. “The design of the Creator is written in nature.”
While Pope Francis has earned many fans for his progressive stances on social issues, he has also been unafraid to stand by the Catholic Church’s sometimes-rigid doctrine. He has also made a handful of controversial comments, including recent remarks that choosing not to have children at all is “a selfish choice.”
“A society that views children above all as a worry, a burden, a risk, is a depressed society. (European countries where the fertility rate is especially low) are depressed societies because they don’t want children. They don’t have children. The birth rate doesn’t even reach 1 percent.”
“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!”
Pope Francis has also been steadfast in his comments against same-sex marriages, saying they threaten families and “disfigure God’s plan for creation.”