Pope Francis: Feminism Is “Sexism With a Skirt”

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Despite his “progressive” veneer, Pope Francis continues to perpetuate the vilest sexism, homophobia and transphobia.

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Last week, the Vatican held a conference convened by Pope Francis to address the problem of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. At the conference, the pope said that those who keep “repeatedly accusing” the church of committing multiple crimes are “friends, cousins or siblings of the Devil.”

He also criticized the women’s movement, after Linda Ghisoni spoke, the first woman to do so. She is the church’s undersecretary of the dicastery for secular people, family and life. “Inviting a woman to speak is not entering into a sort of ‘church feminism,’” the pope said, “because, ultimately, all feminisms end up as sexism with a skirt.” He added that women should adopt the “style” of a “mother and wife.”

Under the mask of Pope Francis is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a one time cardinal from Argentina, who has for decades expressed the vilest thinking about women’s rights and feminism. He started a crusade against same-sex marriage when in 2010, Argentines began discussing the legalization of that basic right. “Let’s not be naive,” he said. “It’s not about a simple political struggle, it is the destructive aspiration of God’s plan.”

Drawing on his Jesuit background, the pope likes to present himself as “progressive,” as “tolerating” LGBT people or as open to breaking with traditional church positions. But when it comes to fundamental democratic freedoms, Pope Francis comes out as what he really is: the monarch of a millenarian patriarchal institution connected to Argentina’s military dictatorship.

As pope, Bergoglio continued supporting oppressive gender politics. One of the most memorable instances was when he compared trans people to nuclear weapons: “ Think of nuclear weapons, with the possibility of annihilating in a few moments a very large number of human beings. Let’s also think of genetic manipulation, manipulation of life or {gender theory, which does not recognize the order of creation.} With this attitude, man commits a new sin, which is against God the Creator.”

The church itself preserves the privileges of pedophile priests and lobbies against fundamental rights, regardless of how many summits they hold. The women’s movement and LGBT movement have a clear enemy: the Catholic Church and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis.

Translated by Oscar Fernandez from La Izquierda Diario.

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