Pope Francis Reportedly Told a Gay Man 'God Made You Like This'
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.
Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, said Monday he spoke to Francis about
his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to
discuss their cases last month.
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 said, ‘Look Juan Carlos, the pope loves you this way. God made you like this and he loves you,'” Cruz told The Associated Press.
The Vatican declined to confirm or deny the remarks in keeping with its policy not to comment on the pope’s private conversations. The
comments first were reported by Spain’s El Pais newspaper.
Official church teaching calls for gay men and lesbians to be respected and
loved, but considers homosexual activity “intrinsically disordered.” Francis,
though, has sought to make the church more welcoming to gays, most
famously with his 2013 comment “Who am I to judge?”
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.
As a result, some sought to downplay the significance of the comments as merely being in line with Francis’ pastoral-minded attitude.
In addition, there was a time not so long ago when the Catholic Church officially taught that sexual orientation was not something people
choose, the implication being it was how God made them.
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 most of them it is a trial.”
The updated edition, which is the only edition available online and on the Vatican website, was revised to remove the reference to
homosexuality not being a choice. The revised edition says: “This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of
them a trial.”
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for equality for LGBT Catholics, said the pope’s
comments were “tremendous” and would do a lot of good.
“It would do a lot better if he would make these statements publicly, because
LGBT people need to hear that message from religious leaders, from Catholic
leaders,” he said.
The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit whose book “Building a Bridge” called for the church to find new pastoral ways of ministering to gays,
noted that the pope’s comments were in a private conversation, not a public pronouncement or document. But citing the original version
of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Martin said they were nevertheless significant.
“The pope is saying what every reputable biologist and psychologist will tell you, which is that people do not choose their sexual
orientation,” Martin said in a telephone interview.
A great failing of the church, he said, is that many Catholics have been reluctant to say so, which then “makes people feel guilty about
something they have no control over.”
Martin’s book is being published this week in Italian, with a preface by the Francis-appointed bishop of Bologna, Monsignor Matteo Zuppi,
a sign that the message of acceptance is being embraced even in traditionally conservative Italy.
El papa Francisco a un hombre gay: Dios te hizo así y te ama así
Por Delia Gallagher, CNN
Una víctima de abuso sexual clerical ha dicho que el papa Francisco le dijo que Dios lo hizo gay y que su sexualidad "no importa".
Juan Carlos Cruz, un sobreviviente de abuso sexual, pasó tres días con el papa Francisco en el Vaticano en abril, en el cual discutió su
sexualidad y el abuso que sufrió a manos de un sacerdote chileno.
Describiendo su encuentro con el papa a la CNN, Cruz dijo: "Sabes Juan Carlos, eso no importa. Dios te hizo así. Dios te ama así. El
papa te ama así y debes amarte y no preocuparte de lo que dice la gente".
Las palabras del papa equivalen a una desviación significativa de la enseñanza de la Iglesia católica romana, que considera la
homosexualidad "objetivamente desordenada" y contraria a la ley de Dios.
El portavoz del Vaticano Greg Burke dijo a CNN el lunes: "Normalmente no hacemos comentarios sobre las conversaciones privadas
Fernando Karadima, el hombre que abusó de Cruz, fue declarado culpable de abuso por el Vaticano en 2011.
El viernes pasado, todos los obispos en Chile ofrecieron su renuncia al papa Francisco después de una cumbre de emergencia de tres
días en el Vaticano para discutir el escándalo de abuso sexual en Chile.
En total, 31 obispos activos y tres obispos retirados anunciaron en un comunicado que habían ofrecido renunciar por el escándalo y
colocar el tema "en manos del Santo Padre para que él pueda decidir libremente por cada uno de nosotros".
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