LGBT community welcomes Pope's reported remark to gay man

Tanya Simon
May 22, 2018

"Tell me: When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'" he said (translated).

The words of Pope Francis to Juan Carlos Cruz give me hope that we are moving in that direction. Cruz told Francis during the meeting that bishops tried to use his sexual orientation to discredit him.

Juan Carlos Cruz spent three days with the Pope at the Vatican last month, where he discussed the abuse he suffered as a child.

He added: "Let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love".

"When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say: "Go away because you are homosexual", he said. "You have to be happy with who you are".

God-Catholics would say-loves all of us "as we are" in the sense that He is not waiting for us to be ideal in order to love us. The decree said the pope approved the celebration because he thought it might "encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety".

In 2013, in response to a journalist's question about the "gay lobby", the Pope said, "Who am I to judge?". The Vatican has preferred to withhold comment on private conversations the Holy Father has had.

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This is big news within the Catholic church because it is the biggest indication yet that Pope Francis is accepting of gay people, and it is the biggest example yet of the head of the Roman Catholic church accepting homosexuality, which has always been thought of as a sin by Catholics. Her research shows that a bishop in the 1100s called Mary, Mother of the Church and Pope Leo XIII's encyclical on the Rosary said that Mary at Pentecost was "in very truth, the mother of the Church, the teacher and queen of the apostles".

Fernando Karadima, the man who abused Cruz, was found guilty of abuse by the Vatican in 2011.

DeBernardo noted other supportive remarks the pope had made privately to LGBT people, such as a transgender man in Spain and a gay man he met with during his 2015 USA visit who had been a student of his in Argentina. "If the church is ready to change and embrace love it would be a handsome thing".

Still, experts said Francis' reported comments suggested that church attitudes toward the LGBTQ community are shifting.

"Life is life; things have to be accepted as they come".


"He said to me, that's not a problem."


Pope Francis then certified that he had solicited the opinion of the cardinals, who agreed that "these same blesseds should be proposed to the whole church as examples of Christian life and holiness".

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