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Pope Francis says gender theory is enemy of marriage

By Samuel Osbourne

Published 03/10/2016

Pope Francis is cheered by the faithful as he arrives at Baku’s Church of the Immaculate, Azerbaijan
Pope Francis is cheered by the faithful as he arrives at Baku’s Church of the Immaculate, Azerbaijan

Pope Francis has warned gender theory is part of a "global war" against traditional marriage.

"You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory," the Pope said, in response to a question at a meeting of Catholics in the ex-Soviet republic of Georgia on Saturday.

"Today, there is a global war out to destroy marriage. Not with weapons but with ideas... we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonisation."

Gender theory is broadly the concept that while a person may be biologically male or female, they have the right to identify as male, female, both or neither.

Pope Francis has previously warned that same-sex marriage threatens "the family" and could "disfigure God's plan for creation".

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