The Synod, "Gender Theory" and the Threat to Civilization
Fatima Network Update: October 9
African Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, made an important intervention at the Vatican Synod this week that was not reported by Vatican Press briefings.
As revealed on Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki’s Polish language blog, Cardinal Sarah spoke of the two principal, immediate global threats to humanity: a dictatorship of moral relativism, reflected in gender ideology, and Islamic fanaticism, as reflected in various jihad movements.
Gender ideology, said the Cardinal, (also called “Gender theory”) breaks down the family and leads to the loss of true humanity, and gender ideology flows from moral relativism.
Unfortunately, the Synod Working Document is weak regarding gender ideology
The English language discussion group moderated by Cardinal Collins lamented in their October 9 release: “Our group thought there were a number of elements missing from the text: a serious reflection on gender ideology, more reflection on pastoral care for the differently-abled, the role of fathers and men as well as the role of women, and a deeper treatment of the destructive nature of pornography and other misuses of electronic technology.”
Though the Synod appears to be headed in a revolutionary direction, it would be advantageous if the conservative delegates would sound a clear warning of the danger gender ideology. They could start by quoting Pope Benedict XVI himself.
Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2012 Christmas address to the Roman Curia, warned against what is called “Gender theory.” This theory, which coincides with the rise of homosexuality in society, claims there is no such thing as a God-given masculine nature or a feminine nature. Individuals are free to choose and remake their gender.
The acceptance of such theories not only defies God and nature, but gives rise to the persecution of Christians, and of anyone who opposes the pro-homosexual program, as will be later explained.
Pope Benedict warned regarding gender theory, “According to this philosophy, gender is no longer a given element of nature that a man has to accept and personally makes sense of it; [rather] it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society.”
In other words, those who promote gender theory falsely claim there was never any such thing as a masculine nature or a feminine nature that defines us since conception. Rather society chose these gender roles for us. Gender is not something that is found inside of man as part of his essence, but rather, is imposed from the outside. We are now at the point where the individual decides these gender roles for himself.
“The profound falsehood of this theory, and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious,” says Benedict. “People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but they make for themselves.”
The Pope then appeals to Genesis.
“According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. This duality [male and female] is an essential aspect of what being human is all about, as ordained by God. This very duality as something given is what is now disputed.”
Benedict goes on to lament, “The words of the creation account: ‘male and female he created them’ (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as created realities no longer exist. Man calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will.”
This is a key point. Truth and reality are no longer centered on man’s nature. Rather, truth and reality are now centered on man’s will. If man wills to choose his gender, or act contrary to his gender, he must be free to do so. Man chooses his own false “reality.”
Benedict notes there is a general repugnance toward the misuse of nature when it comes to the world around us, yet many are willing to believe man may restructure his own nature.
“The manipulation of nature,” he writes, “which we deplore today where the environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to be. Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed.”
The Family Threatened
Pope Benedict then explains the disastrous effects wrought on the family.
“But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation.”
Thus the family as God established, which is father, mother and children, can also be changed by human will. Man will believe he can define the family any way he wants: two men and a son, two women and a canary, three men, three women (as is already happening), and almost any other aberration.
Benedict then warns of the consequences regarding children. “Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him ... the child has become an object to which people have a right and which they have a right to obtain.”
This is an indirect reference to same-sex couples demanding the “right” to adopt children.
Pope Benedict then drives home the point: Gender theory is ultimately a revolt against God and man. “When the freedom to be creative become the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God … When God is denied, human dignity also disappears.”
The New Bullies
The dignity of man is thus “stripped” when transgenderism becomes an accepted component of society. In the United States and elsewhere, there are parents who encourage young children to choose their own gender, encourage boys to adopt girls’ clothes and mannerisms, and vice versa. Our children are also exposed to transgender men using girls’ bathrooms, and worse.
One of many examples: At Hillsboro High School in Missouri, early September 2015, a homosexual male student started to wear a wig and skirt, claimed to be female, called himself “Lila” and insisted on using the girls’ locker room.
The girls were rightly horrified. Hundreds of students walked out in protest. The boy’s response was to accuse these normal girls of bigotry.
“They are claiming that they’re uncomfortable,” said “Lila” to a local TV station, “I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry. I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out.”
Predictably, the politically correct School Administration sided with the homosexual boy, who eventually dropped gym class, but continues to use the girls’ bathroom.
Worse, liberals across the United States defend “Lila” and denounce his classmates’ natural reaction.
Columnist Matt Walsh reports that hundreds of pro-homosexual activists are “organizing a counter protest … hoping to finally intimidate and silence any girl who might still have the audacity to defy the transgender narrative that our culture just invented out of whole cloth about 14 seconds ago. Indeed, approximately yesterday, ‘transgenderism’ was a fringe, radical notion way out on the peripherals of left wing quackery, but now, in the blink of an eye, it is ‘doctrine.’ Yesterday, boys could be expelled for walking into the girls’ locker room, but now we throw them parades and squeal about their ‘bravery’.”
Pope Benedict’s observation is correct. When we defy nature, the Maker is necessarily denied, and man too is ultimately “stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.”
Persecution and Punishment
The rise of homosexuality and transgenderism disorients society away from Our Lord Jesus Christ. It also leads to the persecution of those who want no part of the ever-growing homosexual ascendancy.
Why has this happened? Primarily due to the fact that over the past fifty years, too few of our Church leaders clearly reiterated the Divine warnings against this vice as expressed in Scripture and Magisterium.
It is rare to hear priests and prelates denounce this vice as a mortal sin that sends the soul to hell if not repented.
It is rare to hear a prelate speak clearly as does Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who explained that acceptance of homosexuality “contradicts directly the words of God, which says that homosexual acts and the homosexual lifestyle are a grievous offense against the will of God (cf. Gen 18:20; Lev 18:22; 20:13; Is 3:9; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10; Jud 7).”
By approving this vice, we prepare the way for it to be taught in education curriculum as a healthy alternative lifestyle to school children of the youngest age.
By approving this vice, we open the door to persecution against Christianity. If homosexual unions, same-sex marriage and ‘transgenderism’ are declared basic human rights, then opposing these sins will be considered a crime by modern godless states. Those who uphold the truths of Our Lord can be fined or imprisoned. Already in some places, quoting the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality is denounced as “hate speech.”
In March 2015, Tim Sweeney, a leader in pro-homosexual grant-making, told U.S. business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for [contra-homosexual] religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years.
A Catholic News Agency examination of public grant listings and tax forms “has found at least six foundations and funds have made grants totaling about $4.8 million to target religious freedom, especially as it is exercised by objectors to gay marriage.”
The pro-homosexual lobby wants Christianity silenced, and spends millions to crush the Christian’s right to resist the public acceptance of the sin of Sodom.
This is but a glimpse of the massive anti-Christian revolution on the rise with recognition of homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.
A nation that embraces this vice cannot obtain the blessing of God, but only His condemnation. The prophet Isaiah writes, “Woe to those who call good evil and evil good.” (Isaiah 5:20).
Sacred Scripture likewise threatens fearful punishment on nations that accept homosexuality. St. Peter warned that Our Lord “condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, reducing them to ashes, thus making an example to those in the future who should live wickedly.” (2 Peter 2:16)
Could this be a foreshadowing of the “annihilation of nations” warned of by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917?
As for ourselves: let us oppose the rise of these sins that “cry to Heaven for vengeance,” pray for the conversion of those trapped in this vice, and live the Fatima Message of prayer and daily Rosary.
Let us also beg the Pope to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, to obtain the promised period of peace for both the Church and the world, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and avert Divine chastisement.
- this is an edited and updated version of a flyer written for the Fatima Center which was mailed to all of the Fatima Center’s supporters, and is being distributed in Rome – in English and in Italian – at the time of the 2015 Ordinary Synod in Rome (Oct. 4-25, 2015).