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Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on January 15, 2014.Giulio Napolitano /

In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine.

Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.”

“She said yes, and also made them give another book, of a different orientation. And so she succeeded,” he explained according to a transcript by America, the Jesuit magazine known as the English-language publisher of a major papal interview in 2013. “This is ideological colonization. They enter with an idea that has nothing to do with the people; but with groups of people yes, but not with the people. It colonizes the people with an idea that wants to change a mentality or a structure.”

This ideological colonization “is not new, the dictators of the last century did the same,” Francis said. “They came with their own doctrine. Think of the BalilLa (The Fascist Youth under Mussolini), think of the Hitler youth.”

While the Holy Father did not mention same-sex marriage by name as the ideological push, he made unmistakable reference to it. “During the Synod, the African bishops lamented this: certain loans on certain conditions,” he said. 

The concerns of the African bishops at the Synod were voiced worldwide during the Synod and also made it into the final document, or Relatio Synodi, which said it is “totally unacceptable” that “some pastors of the Church suffer pressure from international bodies who make financial aid to poor countries conditional upon the acceptance of 'marriage’ between persons of the same sex.”