Francis' warnings

Publish date 14-04-2024

by Domenico Agasso

"Gender theory is very dangerous, it erases differences." Pope Francis uses even harsher words on surrogate motherhood: "It is deplorable that it is prohibited everywhere." The Pontiff intervenes firmly on these ethical issues. The occasion is the audience with the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.

The bishop of Rome states that «the path to peace requires respect for life, of every human life, starting from that of the unborn child in the mother's womb, which cannot be suppressed or become the object of mercantile". Bergoglio considers «the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood to be deplorable, as it seriously damages the dignity of the woman and her child. It is based on the exploitation of a situation of material need of the mother." A child is "always a gift and never the object of a contract". Therefore, Francis hopes for "a commitment from the international community to prohibit this practice on a universal level". In every moment of its existence, human life must be preserved and protected, while I note with regret, especially in the West, the persistent spread of a culture of death, which, in the name of false pity, discards children, the elderly and sick people". This is the number one consideration.

Warning number two has a similar premise: «The path to peace requires respect for human rights», according to «that simple but clear formulation contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights». These are "rationally evident and commonly accepted" principles. Unfortunately, the attempts made in recent decades to introduce new rights, not fully consistent with those originally defined and not always acceptable, have given rise to ideological colonisations, among which the theory of "gender" has a central role", which for the Pope is «very dangerous because it erases differences in the claim to make everyone equal. Such ideological colonizations cause wounds and divisions between states, rather than promoting the building of peace".

Domenico Agasso
NP March 2024

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