My guess is, Francis may have read Samuel Roth’s 1934 book, Jews Must Live that said: Our major vice of old, as of today, is parasitism. We are people of vultures living on the labor and good nature of the rest of the world.
Two Italian authors, Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, in their just released book, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, have quoted an interview with Pope Francis taken in October 2014, in which Francis strongly criticized the Gender Theory, comparing it to nuclear arms.
Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings. Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation. With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator. The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate. God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth. The design of the Creator is written in nature, Francis is quoted saying in the book.
The Jewish media, as expected, didn’t take Francis anti-LGBT rant sitting down. On February 20, Candida Moss at The Daily Beast blasted Francis for challenging the ‘gender theory’ under provocative headline, Pope’s Shocking Hitler Youth Comparison.
Professor Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), an American Jewish philosopher, is considered one of the leading theorists in the fields of feminism and queer theory. Butler offers the idea that gender is constructed by society. In other words, she believes that gender—the concept of a female identity or a male identity—is formed by society rather than inherent to an individual. What it means to be a woman or a man, in Butler’s view, depends on a number of systemic and systematic features of larger society. What we get, then, are gender “norms”- the behaviors, practices, and other signals that constitute what is normal for a given gender category. Sexual practices would be among these norms, according to Butler. She considers heterosexual practices a norm. Since Butler does not see anything inherent in gender, she suggests that gender is a kind of performance. People perform their “womanness” or “manness” through behavior, modes of dress, activities, and so forth. Essentially, we act out our gender identity in the way that we might perform a role in a play.
Judith Butler is a lesbian. Her living-partner Jewish Wendy Brown, is a political scientist. Butler has received Awards from both Germany and France for her work on the ‘gender theory’.