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Benedict XVI

Pope denounces technologies that help people change gender

Pope Francis denounced Thursday how new technologies are making it easier for people to change their genders, saying this "utopia of the neutral" jeopardizes the creation of new life.

Francis made the comments to the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Vatican's bioethics advisory board, taking up his criticism of so-called gender theory and the idea that people can choose their sex.

The academy under the previous two popes represented the leading, hard-line voice of the Catholic Church on sexual ethics, morality and culture war issues such as abortion and euthanasia. Francis has revamped it to broaden its scope to better reflect his holistic view of human life in...