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Pope: With the gender theory there is a risk of backtracking


IACOPO SCARAMUZZI

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Vatican Insider
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Media/Opinion
Date:
4/15/2015

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ABSTRACTPope: With the gender theory there is a risk of backtracking - Vatican Insider LANGUAGE:    Italiano   English      Español www.vaticaninsider.com  :: Wednesday 15 April 2015 ::  Home ::  News ::  World News ::  Inquiries and Interviews The Vatican ::  Agenda ::  About us ::  libri 04/15/2015  Pope: With the gender theory there is a risk of backtracking Tweet (©Afp) (©Afp) Pope Francis At today’s General Audience, Pope Francis talked about complementarity between man and woman: “removing the difference is the problem, not the solution,” he said, adding that “creativity and audacity” are needed in recognising the role of women iacopo scaramuzzi Vatican City   “If man and woman are to resolve problems in their relationship, they need to talk to each other more, listen to one another more, get to know each other better and love each other more.” Francis said this at today’s General Audience, criticising the gender theory (“ removing the difference is the problem, not the solution”) and calling for “creativity and audacity” in recognising the role of women in society and in the Church.   Jorge Mario Bergoglio said he wished to dedicate today’s and next week’s General Audience to the subject of the difference and complementarity between man and woman. This theme is part of a series of catecheses on the family. Two Audiences will follow on the subject of marriage.   As the Genesis states, “after creating the universe and all living beings, God created His masterpiece, mankind, whom he created in his own image ‘ in the  image   of God he created   them; male and female  he created   them’. As we all know, sexual difference is present in many forms of life, in the great variety of living beings. But only in man and woman does this carry within it the image and likeness of God: the biblical text repeats this as many as three times in two verses! Man and woman are created in the image and likeness of God. This tells us that it is not just man alone who is in the image of God or woman alone who is in the image of God, but also man and woman as a couple are the image of God. Sexual differentiation between man and woman is not ordered to subordination, but to communion and procreation, always in the image and likeness of God.” “Modern and contemporary culture,” the Pope continued, “has opened new spaces, new freedoms and new depths for an enriched understanding of this difference. But it has also brought many doubts and a great deal of scepticism. For example, I ask myself whether the whether the so-called “gender” theory that aims to annul sexual differences may also be an expression of frustration and resignation due to our incapacity of confronting a problem. Yes, we risk backtracking. Removing the difference is the problem, not the solution. If man and woman are to resolve problems in their relationship, they need to talk to each other more, listen to one another more, get to know each other better and love each other more. They need to treat each other with respect and cooperate in friendship. With this human base, sustained by God’s grace, it is possible to plan a lifetime marital and family union. The marital and family bond is a serious thing and this goes for everyone not ju.......