Sex Abuse Victim Claims Pope Said God Made Him Gay

The Catholic church considers homosexuality to be

The Catholic church considers homosexuality to be"objectively disordered and contrary to God's law

Speaking with Spain's El Pais, Cruz said that in talking with the pope about the abuse, the pontiff told him that God loves him as he is.

"When a person (who is gay) arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, 'Go away because you are homosexual.' Please don't say that the pope will sanctify trans [transgender people], because I read the headlines in the newspapers", Francis said, according to Crux.

Cruz said he told Francis how Chile's bishops used his sexual orientation as a weapon to try to discredit him, and of the pain the personal attacks had caused him.

He also has spoken of his own ministry to gay and transgender people, insisting they are children of God, loved by God and deserving of accompaniment by the church. "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". I even had a moment of seeking solace from a Black pastor who told me he could accept me as a Black brother, but "can't accept you as my brother in Christ".

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". Later that year, he suggested in an interview that God does not "reject and condemn" gay people.

"We do not normally comment on the Pope's private conversations."

This is the first time that the pope has taken a definitive stance, as he sparked a conversation on the topic in 2013 when he famously asked, "Who am I to judge?".

The virtue that primarily distinguishes a woman, Pope Francis said, is tenderness, like the tenderness of Mary, when she "gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger".

The Roman Catholic Church traditionally opposes same-sex marriage and considers homosexuality "objectively disordered", and contrary to God's law.

His abuser, Fernando Karadima, was found guilty of abuse by the Vatican in 2011.

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".

Pope Francis recently told a follower that it is OK for him to be gay, despite traditional teaching proving otherwise. "I told him that it enraged me, because I continue to believe, loving the Church, thinking that this can change".

Even though he has seen so much suffering and poverty, "for those who stand by Jesus, evil is an incentive to ever greater love", the pope said.

The dramatic announcement followed the leaking of a 10-page letter, reportedly handed to the bishops at the start of the discussions, in which Francis said removing bishops may be needed but would not be sufficient to solve the abuse crisis in Chile.

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