Pope Francis Warns Trans Ideology Is ‘Ugliest Danger’

Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, declared on Friday in Rome that the progressive transgender ideology overtaking Western culture today is the “ugliest danger” and that the differences between men and women are good. It was a clear, robust, and unequivocal statement against transgender politics and for traditional gender norms.

“Erasing differences is erasing humanity,” the Catholic pontiff said Friday in Rome at a conference on anthropology. “Men and women, however, are in a fruitful tension. It is very important that there is this meeting, this meeting between men and women, because today the ugliest danger is gender ideology, which cancels out differences.”

According to Pope Francis, “People today sometimes forget or obscure this reality, with the risk of reducing the human being to his or her material needs or basic needs alone, as if he or she were an object without a conscience or will, simply pulled along by life like a gear in a machine.”

“Instead, men and women are created by God and are the image of the Creator; that is, they carry within themselves a desire for eternity and happiness that God himself has sown in their hearts and which they are called to realize through a specific vocation,” Francis said. “We are called to happiness, to the fullness of life, to something great for which God has destined us.”

The Roman Catholic Church and the current pope hold a nuanced position on transgender politics, regarding the ideology as a danger to humanity as the pope warns, but welcoming transgender individuals into the church. The Vatican said last year that transgender people can get baptized and join the church and that they can be godparents for baptized babies.

“Before, the church was closed to us. They didn’t see us as normal people, they saw us as the devil,” Andrea Paola Torres Lopez, a Colombian transgender woman, told the Associated Press. “Then Pope Francis arrived and the doors of the church opened for us.”

“We transgenders here in Italy feel a bit more human because the fact that Pope Francis brings us closer to the Church is a beautiful thing,” Carla Segovia, 46, an Italian sex worker told Reuters.