No “gender ideology

No 'gender ideology

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki © Harald Oppitz (KNA)

Polish city of Poznan aims to promote gender equality. The chairman of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, protested against this. He said he was deeply concerned about the “promotion of gender ideology”.

The president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, protests against a “promotion of gender ideology” by his episcopal city of Poznan (Posen). He was “deeply concerned” by the Poznan City Council's adoption of the “European Charter for Equality between Women and Men at Local Level,” according to a statement released there and in Warsaw (Friday).

It is to be read in churches across the archdiocese this Sunday.

Fundamental role of the family being questioned, he said

The charter, according to many families, organizations and experts, severely interferes with parents' constitutional right to raise their children according to their beliefs, Gadecki said. It calls into question the fundamental role of the family for society and affects human sexuality, for example.

“This document, apart from its commendable sensitivity to the problem of inequality between women and men in public life, practically creates the occasion for the promotion of gender ideology,” writes the bishops' conference president. Pope Francis criticized this ideology as “one of the main manifestations of evil in the modern world”.

On Tuesday, two-thirds of the municipal councils of the 540.000-inhabitant city voted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. The council drafted it in 2005-06 with national partners to eliminate discrimination based primarily on gender.

Already 1.800 municipalities have signed

Discrimination based on race, religion and sexual orientation is also to be combated. According to the charter, local and regional policy must ensure the elimination of stereotypes and obstacles that contribute to the unequal treatment of women. The charter also mentions gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting.

In Poland, only two provincial cities have adopted the charter so far. Across Europe, they have already signed since 2007 nearly 1.800 municipalities and counties from 35 countries. In Germany, more than 50 municipal parliaments, including those in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, have adopted the charter.

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