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Pope Francis is still not cool with transgender people

‘God created man and woman; God created the world like this and we are doing the exact opposite’

It was all going so well for Pope Francis. During his three-year tenure, the ‘cool’, ‘LGBT-friendly’ pontiff has publicly embraced science, taken on the mafia, and even crafted his own prog rock album. But, unfortunately, when it comes to transgender people, he just can’t quite apply that same openness. According to reports in the Catholic Herald, the pope has shared a harsh critique of transgender people this week; calling them “terrible” and an “annihilation of man as image of God”.

Speaking to a group of Polish bishops, the pontiff reportedly claimed that the rise of gender fluidity – particularly among children – was against the teachings of God. “Today, children are taught this at school: that everyone can choose their own sex,” he said. “God created man and woman; God created the world like this and we are doing the exact opposite.” 

“We are living a moment of annihilation of man as image of God,” he added. “We must think about what Pope Benedict said – ‘It’s the epoch of sin against God the Creator.’” He allegedly went on to say that allowing young people to pick their gender was “terrible”.

His closed-door comments were apparently shared by the Vatican in a transcript on Tuesday (August 2). They echo earlier remarks made by the pontiff back in February last year, when he compared the idea of gender theory to nuclear weapons.

“The pope is demonstrating a lamentable and dangerous ignorance of a subject that is literally a matter of life and death to some people,” said DignityUSA’s executive director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, in a statement. “It is interesting that until recently, the prevailing belief was that people chose their sexual orientation. Now, even the Catechism of the Catholic Church acknowledges that there are some people ‘who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex’ and that this is a ‘deep-seated’ reality. It seems that we will have to undergo the same kind of conversion in our thinking about gender.”