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Pope Francis Tells Gay Man God 'Loves You Like This'

Pope Francis Tells Gay Man God 'Loves You Like This'

"The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say". 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 Catholic Church considers homosexuality "objectively disordered", though Francis has tried to make the gay community feel more welcome.

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he will appoint Japanese Archbishop Manyo Maeda and 13 others as new cardinals.

The main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal is sharing a message of love extended his way by Pope Francis.

The Vatican, which by tradition does not comment on the pope's private conversations, did not confirm or deny the characterization of Cruz's account.

The man accused of molesting Cruz, Fernando Karadima, now 87, was found guilty by the Vatican and banished from the church.

Cruz was invited to the city and to the Pope's private residence at Sancta Marta along with two other victims so the pontiff could apologise for failing to take their allegations seriously in the past. 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.

"You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter", Cruz said, paraphrasing what the pope told him.

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This week, Pope Francis made worldwide headlines potentially stating the most progressive views towards homosexuality in the history of the Catholic Church.

The Rev. James Martin, a Catholic priest who advocates outreach to LGBT people, also praised the pope's reported comments. "It's important for us to understand the Church is Marian; this is not just a pleasant sentiment added on", he said, stressing that Mary is a guide for the Church today.

Without this dimension, "the Church loses its true identity and becomes a charitable organization or a soccer team or something, but not the Church", he said.

Eneas Espinoza, a Chilean man who claims to have been abused while at a school run by the Marist brothers, called on the pope to pursue a canonical prosecution that could see them stripped of all titles and benefits.

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. "This is what Jesus would do today".

Now the Catholic Church does not recognize or allow gay marriages. The entire episcopate in Chile resigned after being rebuked by Francis, an unprecedented act.

Francis told Italy's bishops he was concerned about the "crisis of vocations" in a region of the world that once was one of the biggest sources of Catholic missionaries. Cruz said he explained to Francis he was a good person and was not a pervert.


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