Pope Francis described ‘gender theory’ as a major ‘enemy’ of traditional marriage at a small meeting of Catholics in Georgia.
In answer to a woman’s question, he said: ‘You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory.
‘Today, there is a global war out to destroy marriage,’ he continued, ‘…not with weapons but with ideas. We have to defend ourselves from ideological colonization.’
He has previously described his idea of ‘ideologiccal colonization’: Saying richer countries sometimes promise economic aid with a proviso they comply with Western social policies like gay marriage.
Pope Francis has at times announced his support for the gay community – or least implied they should not be treated harshly within Christian communities.
However he has also made many statements critical of LGBT people.
He previously compared trans people to nuclear weapons, and said they are opposing ‘God’s order of creation’.
Francis described heterosexual marriage as the ‘masterpiece of society‘.