New York City, N.Y., Sep 26, 2019 / 09:15 am
The Holy See's Secretary of State has cautioned world leaders against the "ideological colonization" of developing nations. Cardinal Pietro Parolin issued the warning Tuesday at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
"I would like to stress that partnership for sustainable and integral human development means moving together in the same direction. It means steering away from the tendency toward ideological colonization and from imposing the will of a few on the many," said Parolin,who is in New York to lead the Holy See's delegation to the UN General Assembly.
Cardinal Parolin delivered his statement at the plenary session of the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on Sept. 24.
Pope Francis has previously used the term "ideological colonization" to describe international efforts to pressure developing countries to conform to liberal Western laws and values on family issues, including the acceptance of so-called gender theory, support for same-sex marriage and the admission of abortion.