The Pope has repeatedly warned of the dangers of gender politics. Not only has he compared it with the educational policies of Hitler; he has even reportedly called gender ideology “demonic,” saying it fails to recognize “the order of creation.”
And just days ago, in a June 14th opening address at a meeting for the diocese of Rome, the Holy Father advised parents to be vigilant in defending their children against gender ideology, saying: “Our city needs [a] revival. And this commitment is so important when it comes to educating children and young people, for whom you parents are primarily responsible. Our children, our little children, who are beginning to hear these strange ideas, these forms of ideological colonization that are poisoning their souls and the family: we must act against this.”
A lawyer, publisher and father of six who was present at the demonstration told Aleteia: “The Parliament is putting forward legislation to criminalize saying that marriage is only between one man and one woman. In this legal project, schools would be obliged to teach gender ideology, and they begin with children as little as two years old, having them touch the sexual parts of the other infants. It’s horrible … I am so tired of this.”
Another Italian demonstrator, a deacon soon to be ordained a priest, said: “I am not one to demonstrate but I believe in some circumstances we need to visibly manifest dissent. Because this liberal culture is advancing, also through legislative projects that go against the very foundations of civilization, I believe it’s time.”
Diane Montagna is Rome correspondent for Aleteia’s English edition.