- Apr 3, 2020
Cardinal Willem Eijk of Utrecht in the Netherlands has said a papal encyclical or other magisterial document “might appear to be necessary” to counter the spread of the new theory that gender can be determined by personal choice rather than by biology.
How should the Church respond to the twin challenges of gender ideology and the suffering of those with gender dysphoria? So far popes and bishops have been better at the first, suggesting Catholics are more concerned with teaching than people — but that is now changing.
In another wide-ranging airborne news conference at the end of one of his foreign trips, Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the theme of “gender theory” that he raised on Saturday in Georgia, saying the Church must walk with trans persons but also resist the spread of what he called “ideological colonization.”
On his second and final day in Georgia before heading to Azerbaijan, Pope Francis on Saturday said he sees a “global war” against marriage in the form of the “theory of gender,” which he said seeks to destroy the family not with weapons but with ideas.
Recent developments in Colombia, Mexico and Spain suggest that Pope Francis’ blistering attacks on “gender theory,” the idea that people ought to be free to choose their own gender, is emboldening Catholic bishops around the world to speak out themselves.