The Pope's Gay-Supportive Words Could Change the Church Forever

Pauline Gross
May 23, 2018

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, said Francis made the comments to him when they met for a private discussion last month to discuss the sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving Catholic priests in Cruz's native Chile.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church references its traditions as based on Scripture in regarding homosexual acts as "intrinsically disordered" that "under no circumstances can be approved".

During this time, he had a three-hour talk with Juan Carlos and what the Pope said might influence the way the Catholic church perceives homosexuals. "God made you like this and he loves you, '" Cruz told The Associated Press.

"God loves all his children, however they are; you are a son of God, who accepts you exactly as you are".

"The pope loves you like this".

After its own internal investigation, the Vatican found Karadima - who continues to maintain he did nothing wrong - guilty of abusing boys dating back to the 1980s, removed him from ministry in February 2011 and sentenced him to a lifetime of "penance and prayer".

Previously, Pope Francis reminded Christians at large that they owe gay people an apology for being such massive pieces of shit to them for years and years.

The Pope's Gay-Supportive Words Could Change the Church Forever

Pope Francis telling a Juan Carlos Cruz, an openly gay Catholic and surviver of abuse, "God made you like that and loves you like that".

The Argentinian Pope is no stranger to controversial comments - and he's not afraid to challenge others, or have others challenge him.

The meeting with the three Chilean victims in the Pope's private residence - Casa Santa Marta - is the first time a pope has invited sexual abuse victims to stay in his home.

"Tell me: When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'" he said (translated). We are called to follow Christ's teachings within His church to embrace Christ and find redemption for our shortfalls, whatever they are. "It is one thing to say that they are human beings with their problems and their joys, that as human beings they deserve respect, even though they have this inclination, and must not be discriminated against because of it". They close the sexual act to the gift of life.

His pastoral tone, however, doesn't undermine his staunch opposition to promoting or endorsing such "tendencies", as he told reporters flying with him after his visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2016.

Pope Francis quote on gun control: "If you trust only men you have lost", he said in 2015. "This is what Jesus would do today". Cruz said he explained to Francis he was a good person and was not a pervert. "The one who says who goes to heaven is God".

Pope Paul VI of the Roman Catholic Church (r) and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople pose during an historic meeting on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Jordan, Jan. 8, 1964.

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