Cardinal Robert Sarah, a prominent voice at the Vatican and someone that papal observers view as a potential Pope, said that the spiritual crisis in the West stems largely from a rejection of God the Father, from whom "we receive our nature as man and woman." He added that "gender ideology is a Luciferean refusal" to receive the "sexual nature" given to each person by God.
Western man "refuses to acknowledge himself as an heir" to the gifts of God and the tradition, mores, and culture passed on by our forefathers, said Cardinal Sarah in an interview with the French publication La Nef, translated by the Catholic Herald.
"I want to suggest to Western people that the real cause of this refusal to claim their inheritance and this refusal of fatherhood is the rejection of God," said the cardinal, who heads the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican.
"From Him we receive our nature as man and woman," he said. "This is intolerable to modern minds. Gender ideology is a Luciferian refusal to receive a sexual nature from God. Thus some rebel against God and pointlessly mutilate themselves in order to change their sex. But in reality they do not fundamentally change anything of their structure as man or woman."
"The West refuses to receive, and will accept only what it constructs for itself," said Cardinal Sarah. "Transhumanism is the ultimate avatar of this movement. Because it is a gift from God, human nature itself becomes unbearable for western man."
"This revolt is spiritual at root," he said. "It is the revolt of Satan against the gift of grace. Fundamentally, I believe that Western man refuses to be saved by God’s mercy. He refuses to receive salvation, wanting to build it for himself."
"The 'fundamental values' promoted by the U.N. are based on a rejection of God that I compare with the rich young man in the Gospel," said Cardinal Sarah. "God has looked upon the West and has loved it because it has done wonderful things. He invited it to go further, but the West turned back. It preferred the kind of riches that it owed only to itself."
He continued, "Africa and Asia are not yet entirely contaminated by gender ideology, transhumanism, or the hatred of fatherhood. But the Western powers’ neo-colonialist spirit and will to dominate pressures countries to adopt these deadly ideologies."
Cardinal Robert Sarah is the author of several popular books, including The Power of Silence, God or Nothing, and his newest work, The Day is Now Far Spent, which will be published in September.