Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Pope Francis Reportedly Told a Gay Man "God Made You Like This"

Pope Francis Reportedly Told a Gay Man

A man named Juan Carlos Cruz was reportedly told by Pope Francis that it was OK he was gay because God made him that way. The Church is holy, we are sinners! Rather than address the problems around sexual abuse within their churches, they hid it. Homophobia trumped logic and ruined the lives of thousands because of views of masculinity, and gay priests doing in the dark what they were being denied in the light.

"He told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter, '" Cruz said.

In what's been characterized as the most progressive remarks ever uttered by a modern pontiff about homosexuality, Pope Francis reportedly told a gay man during a recent conversation at the Vatican that "God made you like that and he loves you like that".

DeBernardo noted other supportive remarks the pope had made privately to LGBT people, such as a transgender man in Spain and a gay man he met with during his 2015 USA visit who had been a student of his in Argentina. "Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law".

Francis has made that distinction between God's love and our call to redemption a number of times.

During that flight, he spoke about receiving Neria in the Vatican- without actually giving names, saying that "Life is life, things have to be accepted as they come". Not to say that it's all the same, but in each case, welcome, accompany, study, discern and integrate.

And in 2016, he officially suggested a softening of the Catholic Church's reception of LGBTQ+ people in a letter titled, "The Joy of Love", writing, "We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration".

This is part of the same ignorance.

The scandal that has swirled around the Chilean church for more than 20 years erupted four months ago when the pope visited Chile, prompting questions about his response to the serious claims of abuse. Pope Francis extended his apologies, which was of big importance to Cruz, who had been discredited for years.

Pope Francis gives mass in Chile.

Martin's book is being published this week in Italian, with a preface by the Francis-appointed bishop of Bologna, Monsignor Matteo Zuppi, a sign that the message of acceptance is being embraced even in traditionally conservative Italy. Mr. Cruz acknowledged that he was gay and, jokingly, not the reincarnation of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, a model of the virtue of purity, but someone who tried to be "a good person". I've changed it above.

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