'God made you like this,' Pope reportedly tells gay man

Pablo Tucker
May 22, 2018

"The pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are".

The scandal revolves around Father Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty in a 2011 Vatican investigation of abusing boys in Santiago in the 1970s and 1980s. The bishops of the synod repeatedly made this point over and over again, expressing God's love for all and welcomeness within the Catholic Church, but that the teachings of the church on sin would not change.

So, Cruz tells CNN that the Pope told him: "You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter".


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.

God-Catholics would say-loves all of us "as we are" in the sense that He is not waiting for us to be flawless in order to love us. 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. For one Twitter user, Pope Francis' comments struck a cord: "Growing up gay in the Catholic church is challenging". God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care.

Juan Carlos Cruz, who met with the pope, shared details of the conversation with the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Pope Francis didn't say anything that the Catholic Church hasn't said all along, but those who don't take the time to learn or understand the teachings tend not to report accurately on it.


Abuse survivor Marie Collins told the Irish Times on Friday that allowing Chile's bishops simply to resign "doesn't appear like justice to me". I want to live in a world where all people will be accepted - for their beliefs, their faith, their sexual orientation, their gender identity and everything else - without exception.

While we've always been down with the social justice record of Pope Francis - stuff like fighting for the poor, calling out Donald Trump and urging humans to embrace a green agenda - his LGBTQ record is a bit more complicated.

Victims accused Bishop Juan Barros of having witnessed the abuse but doing nothing to stop it. Barros, who was one of those who offered to stand down, has denied the allegations.


During the visit, Pope Francis staunchly defended Barros, denouncing accusations against him as 'slander'. For this year's celebration of the new feast day, the St. Louis church is not doing anything big, but is celebrating on the actual day - when he said parishioners can "enjoy each other's company" - not during Pentecost weekend when there is already a lot going on.

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