Pope Francis to Chilean Gay Man: 'God Made you This Way'

Juan Carlos Cruz also said he had faced sex abuse

Juan Carlos Cruz also said he had faced sex abuse

A gay man over the weekend said that Pope Francis told him that God made him the way he was - and said that his sexuality "does not matter" in God's eyes.

The Pope's comments also show a shift of attitude within the church, said Christopher Lamb, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet.

Juan Carlos Cruz said he spoke to the pope about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican. God made you like that and loves you like this and I don't care.

Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the "hemorrhaging" of nuns and priests in Italy and Europe, saying God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service.

In his homily during Mass May 21, Pope Francis said "the Church is feminine, because it is "church" and 'bride, '" both of which are grammatically feminine in the Italian language. "The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say".

"When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say: "Go away because you are homosexual", he said.

"I welcome any statement from Pope Francis which reminds people that gay people (like anyone) should love themselves", wrote Douglas Robertson at the Independent. The number was offset by increases in priestly vocations in Africa and Asia, where the church as a whole is growing.

In fact, in the ten-page report that the pope distributed to the Chilean bishops takes issue with them having placed gay priests to work in forming seminarians.

The first edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the dense summary of Catholic teaching published by St. John Paul II in 1992, said gay individuals "do not choose their homosexual condition; for majority it is a trial".

Three victims of clerical sexual abuse in Chile, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo pose before a news conference at the Foreign Press in Rome, Italy, May 2, 2018.

Juan Carlos Cruz, one of a number of Chilean abuse survivors who confronted the pontiff over his remarks defending a bishop who allegedly covered up abuse, told CNN of an exchange he had with Francis about his homosexuality.

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. Pope Francis visited Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority in 2014, in part to mark the 50th anniversary of Paul VI's trip.

It was said in private but it's news making waves around the world tonight.

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