Pope Francis said that gays and transgender people should be treated with respect, but the teaching of the theory of gender determination in schools is unacceptable.
He told reporters aboard the plane, returning from a trip abroad, reports Reuters.
Francis said that as a priest he ministered to people with homosexual tendencies and those who could not keep chastity as required by the Church.
"I support them, I brought them closer to God. Some of them were not able to obey the teachings of the Church, but I accompanied them and never gave them. That is a fact. People should support, as well Jesus supports their ", - he said.
During his visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, he said that teaching gender theory in schools was part of "global war " against marriage.
According to gender theory, while people may belong to biologically male or female, they have the right to identify themselves as a man or a woman, a person of either sex, or none.
According to him teaching the theory in schools "contrary to natural things. "
"It's one thing if a person has a predisposition, choice and even sex change. But it is quite another - to teach gender theory in school so that it led to a change in mentality. I call it " ideological colonization ", - he said.
" life is life, and things should be taken as they are. Sin is sin, but susceptibility or hormonal imbalances ... can cause a lot of problems and we must be careful ", - said Francis.
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