The following comes from an August 2 La Stampa article by Domenico Agasso Jr.:

The contents of Francis’ address to Polish bishops during World Youth Day in Krakow were released today. The closed-door meeting took place on 27 July in Krakow cathedral and the now former director of the Holy See press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi (he left his post two days ago), had described it as a “very simple and informal” event, stressing that “most bishops are simple men, they aren’t members of the old guard that intimidate you a bit, but there is no mystery, the meeting was a totally informal affair”.

The Vatican published a summary of the exchange between the Polish bishops – who asked four questions – and the Pope. The gender topic was among the issues Pope Francis focused on the most, affirming he agreed with his predecessor, Benedict XVI: “This is the age of sin against the Creator”

“In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa and some Asian countries we are seeing some real ideological colonisations,” he repeated. “And one of these, I’m going to say it outright, is gender”: “Today, children, children! are told at school that they can choose their sex. Why are they taught this? Because the books are supplied by the people and institutions that give you the money. These are the ideological colonisations backed also by countries that wield a great deal of influence. And this is terrible.”

“Speaking with Benedict XVI,” he said, “who is well and lucid, he told me: ‘Holiness, this is the age of sin against the Creator!’ He is intelligent! God created man and woman; God made the world like this, like this, like this… and we are doing the exact opposite.”