By Hilary White

NEW YORK, March 10, 2010 ( – The head of the Vatican’s delegation to the UN has identified “gender ideology” as “violent” to the unborn and to the “integral needs of women and men within society.”

In a speech to the fifty-fourth session of the Economic and Social Council's Commission on the Status of Women, Archbishop Celestino Migliore said that the concept of gender is becoming increasingly “ideologically driven, and actually delays the true advancement of women.”

Speaking at a UN meeting this week discussing the topic, “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century,” Migliore said that the goal of equality between men and women is being considered largely in the “context of gender equality.” Recent documents by the UN, he said, have used the gender concept to “dissolve every specificity and complementarity between men and women.”

“These theories,” he said, “will not change the nature of things but certainly are already blurring and hindering any serious and timely advancement on the recognition of the inherent dignity and rights of women.”

The archbishop praised the improvements around the world in women’s education, the work against poverty and laws against domestic violence, but warned of “shadows” encroaching on the work to support women’s rights. He cautioned attendees not to ignore violence against women “in the form of female feticide, infanticide, and abandonment.”

Gender ideology, or “gender theory” is a key concept in the radical feminist and homosexualist ideologies. It proposes that the concept of “gender” is distinct from biological sex and that it is a learned set of behaviours or models that can be changed either at will or by social environmental factors.

Gender ideologues have proposed that there are not two, but as many as eleven possible “genders” for human beings. They hold that the belief that “gender” is synonymous with biological sex is the foundation of homophobia and bigotry.

In 2008, German author Gabrielle Kuby wrote in an essay that “gender mainstreaming” is a force that is being used to “dismantle civilization.”

“The gender ideology,” she wrote, “is in the process of creating a new man, whose freedom should include the choice of his sex and sexual orientation.”

“This view of freedom and sexuality, according to the will of the UN, EU and most European governments is to be imprinted onto the minds of children from the nursery onwards.”

Demonstrating the commitment of many western governments to this concept, Kuby cites the homepage of the German government’s Ministry of Science, which said: “The Federal Government has established an equal opportunities policy based on the political strategy of gender mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle and horizontal task. The Federal Government is thus participating in world-wide activities aimed at the more effective implementation of an equal opportunities policy.”


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