"He told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter". "God made you like this and loves you like this and it doesn't matter to me. You have to be happy with who you are", Cruz reportedly told El País, a Spanish newspaper.
Celebrating Mass May 20 in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope said the Bible, especially the Acts of the Apostles, makes it clear that the Holy Spirit brings a real power to change to individuals and the church.
The conversation took place because the Pope wanted to speak with Cruz about his past ordeals as a victim of sexual abuse by Father Karadima in Chile. Read about the accepting words he offered the sexual abuse survivor that signal a huge departure from the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality!
Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.
Days later, the Pope apologised for hurting the victims of clerical sex abuse through his comments, saying the knowledge "pains me very much".
According to the report, Cruz was telling Pope Francis about how Chile's bishops allegedly used the fact that he was gay to try and discredit his statements.
He famously said in 2013 that there is no problem with gay priests.
"The important thing is that the Church be a woman, that [it] has this attitude of a bride and of a mother", he said, adding that "when we forget this, it is a masculine Church".
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.
Chilean bishops at the heart of the sex abuse scandal threatened to resign en masse last week after being summoned to Rome to explain their part in a crisis that has rocked the predominantly Catholic country. "They are contrary to the natural law" and under no circumstances can such acts be approved, the catechism teaches. "This is what Jesus would do today".
In his homily, Pope Francis said that in the Gospel, Mary is always described as "the Mother of Jesus", instead of "the Lady" or "the widow of Joseph": her motherliness is emphasized throughout the Gospels, beginning with the Annunciation.
Mr. Cruz also told the pope of his "most wonderful friends, who are also Catholic and who struggle with this". During that trip, he went so far as to say that the teaching of this theory in schools amounted to a "global war" against the family.
Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry, which aims for equality for LGBT Catholics, told Time that his words were "tremendous".
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