- Tue Jun 17, 2014 13:30 EST
VATICAN Pope Francis strongly condemned gender ideology in a private conversation with Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun earlier this year, the bishop related in a recent essay.
In doing so, the pope follows in the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Nearing the end of his pontificate, the pope emeritus spoke twice about gender ideology as a negative trend for humankind, and a profound falsehood, which it is the duty of pastors of the Church to put the faithful on guard against.
Bishop Laun, auxiliary bishop of Salzburg, wrote about the words of Pope Francis in March in an essay for the German Catholic news publication Kath.net. Bishop Laun told LifeSiteNews that he met the pope briefly on January 30 as part of the Austrian bishops ad limina visit, a meeting with the pope that bishops must do every five years. Laun added that he was the last of the bishops to speak with the Holy Father.
In response to my questioning, Pope Francis said, Gender ideology is demonic! Laun wrote in his essay, adding that the pope was not exaggerating in his comment. Indeed, gender ideology is the destruction of persons, which is why Pope Francis was justified in calling it demonic, he said.
Writing of gender ideology, Bishop Laun explained that the core thesis of this sick product of reason is the end result of a radical feminism which the homosexual lobby has made its own.
It asserts that there are not only Man and Woman, but also other genders. And furthermore: every person can choose his or her gender, he added.
Today, he said, it is promoted by governments and VIPs and substantial amounts of money are spent on spreading it, even in teaching materials for kindergartens and schools.For more information on the subject, Bishop Laun encouraged the reading of the latest book by famed German Catholic sociologist Gabriele Kuby, Die globale sexuelle Revolution: Zerstrung der Freiheit im Namen der Freiheit (The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom).tinyurl.com