Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical abuse and an openly gay man, has stated that Pope Francis said that God made him gay and loved him. This is one of the most shocking comments ever made by a leader of the Roman Catholic Church- and the most powerful one at that. Homosexuality has been a topic that church leaders generally avoid or are openly against. However, Cruz, who is a survivor of clerical abuse by one of Chile’s most notorious pedophiles, said when he spoke to the Pope, he explained that some of the country’s bishops had tried to depict him as a liar and pervert.
Fernando Karadima, the man who abused Cruz, was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011. He was not prosecuted criminally. He was forced into retirement, relocated, and denied the right to function as a priest for the rest of his life.
Cruz told Spanish Newspaper El Pais that, “He told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.’”
There has not been confirmation that this is what the Pope said to Cruz, but he has made open remarks toward homosexuality in the past. However, this does not represent a shift in Church teaching, which will state that gay sex and sex before marriage is a sin. The Guardian reports that Father James Martin is a Jesuit priest in New York who has also been influential in the outreach effort to the LGBT Catholics to be accepted into the church.
Do you believe Pope Francis has enough power in the Catholic Church to promote acceptance of homosexuality? 20% of you voted yes, while 80% of you voted no. Read the full story on The Guardian here.
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