Gay Man Says Pope Told Him: 'God Made You Like This'

Gay Man Says Pope Told Him: 'God Made You Like This'

"The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say". "You have to be happy with who you are, '" Cruz said in the interview, as translated by The Guardian.

If true, the comment would mark an unprecedented shift from the Roman Catholic Church's teachings, which say that homosexuality is a disorder and should be resisted.

The Vatican has yet to comment on Cruz's claims and has not offered an explanation concerning Francis' beliefs about homosexuality. After greeting the faithful and addressing an Easter message to them, Pope Francis named countries for whom "today we implore fruits of peace".

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. Today, I can only imagine what the Pope's words could mean to queer children who now attend Catholic schools around the world or who are practicing Catholics.

Juan Carlos Cruz said he spoke to the pope about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican.

For years, the Catholic Church had strong anti-gay messaging. This teaching that acting on one's love is wrong is damaging to young people, Robertson wrote, and even led him to consider suicide in his youth.

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Mary's motherhood is emphasized throughout the Gospels, from the Annunciation to the foot of the cross, he said, explaining that the fathers of the Church realized this attention to motherhood is not just applied to Mary, but can be applied to the entire Church.

His pastoral tone, however, doesn't undermine his staunch opposition to promoting or endorsing such "tendencies", as he told reporters flying with him after his visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2016. While we have a way of celebrating our love through civil partnerships and same-sex marriage, we also need to keep working to allow LGBT people of faith to marry in church and declare their love in the eyes of God.

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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.

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