A prominent African leader in the Catholic Church verbally ripped the United States to shreds over the country's transgender bathroom debates.
"Nowhere is [religious persecution] clearer than in the threat that societies are visiting on the family through a demonic 'gender ideology,' a deadly impulse that is being experienced in a world increasingly cut off from God through ideological colonialism," Cardinal Robert Sarah said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast last month.
Sarah says the devil himself is the driving force behind the push for LGBTQ+ accommodations as society turns away from the traditional family unit.
But that's not all he said in his rebuke:
The rupture of the foundational relationships of someone's life—through separation, divorce or distorted impositions of the family, such as cohabitation and same sex unions—is a deep wound that closes the heart to self-giving love unto death, and even leads to cynicism and despair.
These situations cause damage to little children through inflicting upon them a deep existential doubt about love. They are a scandal—a stumbling block—that prevents the most vulnerable from believing in such love, and a crushing burden that can prevent them from opening to the healing power of the gospel.
Advanced societies, including—I regret—this nation have done and continue to do everything possible to legalize such situations. But this can never be a truthful solution. It is like putting bandages on an infected wound. It will continue to poison the body until antibiotics are taken.
Sadly, the advent of artificial reproductive technologies, surrogacy, so-called homosexual "marriage," and other evils of gender ideology will inflict even more wounds in the midst of the generations we live with.
This is why it is so important to fight to protect the family, the first cell of the life of the Church and every society. This is not about abstract ideas. It is not an ideological war between competing ideas. This is about defending ourselves, children and future generations from a demonic ideology that says children do not need mothers and fathers. It denies human nature and wants to cut off entire generations from God.
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