Pope’s Comments on “Ideological Colonization” of Gender Signal Rupture With Scientific Community | Religion Dispatches

Late last month, two global authorities signaled their positions on gender, sex, and the rights of transgender individuals.

One of those authorities was the World Health Organization. The other was the Pope. The difference between their two approaches illustrates a growing rift between scientific authorities and some religious leaders.

The Pope’s comments came during a question and answer session with bishops in Krakow. A Vatican-translated transcript of the conversation, which began to circulate last week, shows the Pope describing “forms of ideological colonization” including “[the ideology of] ‘gender.’”

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