I think that the Pope’s choice of the term “man” in his horrific speech arguing that gender theory (and, implicitly, blurring gender or gender roles in any way, being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans) is comparible to destroying the rainforests, is very telling. Gender theory isn’t going to end humanity, but it does threaten patriachy.
Speaking in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration, Benedict said yesterday the church viewed the distinction between men and women as central to human nature, and “asks that this order, set down by creation, be respected”.
The church, he said, “should protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man was needed, he said,” adding: “The tropical forests do deserve our protection; but man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”
Benedict focused his attack on what he described as “gender” theories, “which lead towards the definitive emancipation of man from creation and the creator”.
Homosexual groups in Italy called the speech an unfounded attack on homosexuality and, more specifically, on people who undergo sex changes. “What keeps the pope awake at night is the idea that human beings might be able to seek out their own sexual identity in a bid to have a happy life,” said Franco Grillini, head of Gaynet.
“The speech has no scientific basis,” said Aurelio Mancuso, head of Arcigay. “A divine programme for men and women is out of line with nature, where the roles are not so clear.”
UPDATE: Via Penny Red’s Christmas tantrum post, this is a great calendar of LGBT Christian saints.