"This is against nature," he said. "It is one thing when someone has this tendency ... and it is another matter to teach this in school."The Pope said he still spends time with transgender people, leading them closer to God. In August, the Pope called the teaching of gender identity theory "terrible."
"To change the mentality -- I call this ideological colonization," the Pope said.
"Today, in schools they are teaching this to children -- to children! -- that everyone can choose their gender," Pope Francis said.New Ways Ministry, a Catholic LGBT advocacy group, criticized those remarks.
"The pontiff's remarks are further evidence that church officials need desperately to educate themselves about the lives and experiences of LGBT people," said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry.As a new Pope in 2013, Francis made headlines around the world for his progressive stance on homosexuality.
"Nobody chooses a gender identity. They discover it."
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked.The position appeared to be a shift from the traditional Catholic stance on homosexuality as a sin.