Pope Francis tells gay man God made him like that

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, spent three days with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, in which he discussed his sexuality and the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Chilean priest. He said Francis responded by telling him that God made him that way and loves him. God made you like this.

Affirming God's unconditional love for someone is not the same as condoning all aspects of their behavior. "I felt also that he was hurting, which for me was very solemn, because it's not often that the Pope says sorry to you". Actually embracing gay people would mean the world's largest Christian body would have to drop its claim that gay people are "objectively disordered", which is now part of the Catholic Catechism.

If reported accurately, the pope's comments mark a distinct break from over 2,000 years of Catholic teaching, which considers homosexuality "objectively disordered" and in contradiction to God's law.

'There are very good people within the Chilean Church who could take over the reigns and fix the damage done by these corrupt bishops, ' Cruz said in an interview. Most famously, when asked about the existence of a "gay lobby" within the Vatican in 2013 he said, "Who am I to judge?". God made you like this. He loves us with the good and the bad, the weakness and the strength that is in us. And it is with this attitude that comes from Mary, who is Mother of the Church, with this attitude we can understand this feminine dimension of the Church, which, when it is not there, the Church loses its identity and becomes a charitable organization or a football team, or whatever, but not the Church. Others, however, argued that holding the ceremony at the Vatican makes it clear that Blessed Romero is a saint for the entire church, not just for the church in El Salvador.

The pope's pastoral tone, however, does not undermine his staunch opposition to promoting or endorsing such "tendencies", as he told reporters a year later.

"Life is life; things have to be accepted as they come".

"For me, the Pope was contrite, he was truly sorry", Cruz said. Not to say that it's all the same, but in each case, welcome, accompany, study, discern and integrate. "This is what Jesus would do today".

Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the abuse victims, has alleged that Barros was present when he was abused by Karadima when he was a boy.

Yet he tempered his welcoming tone by reiterating his opposition to gender theory, which presents the idea that even though people are biologically men or women, they can identify as male, female, both or neither.

The Catholic Church teaches that because of original sin, all human beings are born with a wounded nature and sinful inclinations, which together are referred to as "concupiscence".

The Vatican neither confirmed nor denied the comments that Francis reportedly made to Mr Cruz.

This is part of the same ignorance.

Pope Paul VI, the first pontiff to visit Israel and open the Roman Catholic Church to formal dialogue with the Jewish world, will be canonized on October 14.

Addendum: This story is actually much less significant than what else went on in regard to Cruz' audience with Francis.

In his homily, Pope Francis noted that in the Gospels, Mary is not referred to as "the lady" or "the widow of Joseph", but is rather called "the mother of Jesus".