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Pope Francis told a group of Polish bishops last week that it is "terrible" children to learn they can "change their gender." (Photo by Jeffrey Bruno; courtesy Wikimedia)

Pope Francis informed a gaggle of Polish bishops final week that it's “horrible” for youngsters to study they will “choos their gender.” (Photograph by Jeffrey Bruno; courtesy Wikimedia)

LGBT Catholic teams have sharply criticized Pope Francis for saying it's “horrible” for youngsters to study they will “select their gender.”

The Related Press reported Francis made the remark final week throughout a personal assembly with Polish bishops.

“As we speak, in faculties they're educating this to youngsters — to youngsters! — that everybody can select their gender,” stated Francis, in response to a transcript the Vatican launched on Tuesday.

The Related Press reported the transcript signifies that Francis stated textbooks offered by “individuals and establishments who donate cash” perpetuate this perception. The Related Press also said the pontiff blamed “ideological colonizing” that “very influential nations” help.

“That is horrible,” stated Francis, according to the Associated Press.

The Vatican transcript signifies that Francis stated his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, shares his view on gender.

“As soon as once more, the pope is demonstrating a lamentable and harmful ignorance of a topic that's actually a matter of life and demise to some individuals,” Marianne Duddy-Burke, government director of DignityUSA, a gaggle of LGBT Catholics, informed the Washington Blade on Tuesday. “He's additionally failing to see that God speaks by way of many languages, cultures, and human experiences, and never all the time in ways in which we have now the talents to interpret appropriately.”

Duddy-Burke burdened in a press release that DignityUSA launched that “individuals don't ‘select’ their genders.” Francis DeBernardo, government director of New Methods Ministry, a Maryland-based group that ministers to LGBT Catholics, made an analogous level in response to Francis’ feedback.

“His assertion . . . reveals a critical blind spot about instructional techniques and transgender individuals,” stated DeBernardo in a statement.

Francis’ feedback come towards the backdrop of the extra average tone the Vatican has adopted on marriage rights for same-sex couples and different LGBT-specific points because the former archbishop of Buenos Aires turned pope in 2013.

A trans man from Spain who stated his fellow parishioners rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgical procedure had a private audience with the Argentine-born pontiff in 2015.

The Vatican announced final month that Francis accepted the resignation of Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, an anti-LGBT cardinal who was the top of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo within the Dominican Republic. The pontiff stated in June that the Roman Catholic Church ought to “ask forgiveness” from homosexual individuals over the best way it has handled them.

Sarah McBride, a trans lady who's a spokesperson for the Human Rights Marketing campaign, wrote on her Twitter web page on Wednesday that Francis’ newest feedback are “extremely disappointing.”

Duddy-Burke has advised the Blade in earlier interviews that the church’s teachings on homosexuality, marriage rights for same-sex couples and different LGBT-specific points has not modified since Francis turned pope.