The first time Pope Francis denounced the "ideological colonization" was in the Philippines in January 2015.
"Ideological colonization exists.”
Later, during the return flight to Rome, he explained that it is to impose on the peoples' ideologies that which is alien to their principles.
January 19, 2015
"Why do I say 'ideological colonization?' Because they take, they actually take the need of a people to seize an opportunity to enter and grow strong (through school textbooks) for the children. But this is nothing new. The same thing was done by the dictatorships of the last century. They entered with their own doctrine. Think of the Balilla, think of the Hitler Youth...”
There he recalled that during the last Synod, African Bishops denounced the "ideological colonization" of their continent. They said some international organizations establish aid in exchange for changes in legislation regarding the control of the population or marriage between homosexuals.
CARD. WILFRID FOX NAPIER
Archbishop of Durban (South Africa)
"Well, what we are talking about is when countries are told 'unless you pass certain legislation, you are not going to get the aid from the government or the agencies that give
aid, if you don't have certain legislation on your books.' I think this was said explicitly in Kenya by President Obama.”
In Rome, the Pope also criticized other manifestations of ideological colonization as euthanasia or abortion.
"The dominant thought sometimes proposes a 'false compassion.' It promotes abortion as a way to help the woman.”
However, his biggest complaint was in Mexico. There he criticized particularly hard ideologies that attack the family.
March 15, 2016 (Mexico)
"Today we see how on different fronts the family is weakened and questioned. It is regarded as a model which has done its time.” (
B ROLL) "And we end up being ideological colonies that then have a destructive effect on families, the family cell, which is the basis of every healthy society.”
He also warned of such attacks during his acclaimed speech at the UN before dozens of heads of state. There he said that if it is not recognized or a common ethic, defending the
ideal of a world without wars is a mirage.
September 25, 2015
"Or, even worse, idle chatter which serves as a cover for all kinds of abuse and corruption, or for carrying out an ideological colonization by the imposition of anomalous models and lifestyles which are alien to people’s identity and, in the end, irresponsible.”
If one of the key points of the pontificate of Francis is the family, the ideological colonization is one of its main enemies. That explains why he spent so many catechesis teachings and a whole synod to meet the challenges of action and share experiences to help strengthen families.
To Pope Francis,
family is the most basic pillar supporting a society. Its members can find their first hospital and first school in this common area where they learn to sacrifice for others and to live together.