Pope francesco attacks the gender theory but it separates it from homosexual issue. He does so during a meeting with the Slovak Jesuits on his last apostolic journey. In the conversation, published in full by Catholic civilization, the bishop of Rome returned to the “gender” question. And his opinion about it is clear: “As I understand it – said Francesco –gender theory is dangerous, because it is abstract with respect to the concrete life of a person, as if a person could decide abstractly at will whether and when to be a man or a woman. Abstraction is always a problem for me“. However, the pope specified that”qhis has nothing to do with the homosexual issue, but if there is a homosexual couple, we can do pastoral with them, to go forward in the encounter with Christ. When I speak of ideology, I speak of the idea, of the abstraction for which everything is possible, not of the concrete life of people and their real situation.“. “The ideology – Francesco concludes – always has the diabolical charm“.
A free-wheeling pope in the meeting, so much so as to reveal some background on the plots of those who already think of his successor: “I am still alive, despite asome wanted me dead. I know that there have even been meetings between prelates who thought the Pope was more serious than what was said. They prepared the conclave“. And they are not the only” bad things “that the Vicar of Christ must suffer:”C‘it is a great Catholic television that constantly gossip about the Pope without posing any problems. I personally can deserve attacks and insults because I am a sinner, but the Church does not deserve this: it is the work of the devil“, observed Pope Francis, adding that”there are also clerics who make nasty comments about me. Sometimes I lack patience, especially when they make judgments without entering into a real dialogue. There I can do nothing. However, I go on without entering their world of ideas and fantasies. I don’t want to go into it and that’s why I prefer to preach“.