Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals from five continents

Sergio Conner
May 23, 2018

Juan Carlos Cruz, who recently spent three days with the pope, told CNN that the pope made the comments to him in a private conversation.

Homosexual acts are "contrary to the natural law", do "not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity", and can not be approved under any circumstances, the church catechism states.

As Juan Carlos told CNN, the Pope said, "You know, Juan Carlos, that does not matter".

"It goes beyond 'who am I to judge?' to 'you are loved by God, '" Lamb told the newspaper.

"What the pope was saying is, 'God loves you and made you just as you are, and therefore you should accept yourself as you are while struggling to live according to the Gospel, '" said the Rev. Robert Gahl, a moral theologian at Rome's Pontifical Holy Cross University.

As noted in the Guardian's report Monday, Fernando Karadima-the 87-year-old priest who sexually abused Cruz-was found guilty by the Vatican back in 2011.

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Wikimedia Commons/Ludovic BertronPope Francis' first broadcasted press statement in 2013, where he uttered his "Who am I to Judge?" were deemed to be the start of a new direction for the Catholic Church towards increased acceptance for gays.

An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was.

The pope apologized earlier this year after describing Chilean victims' claims about a particular bishop, Juan Barros, as baseless "slander". Some of these leaders have said that the opportunity to talk together about our faith has led them to question the "objectively disordered" label placed on gay people. "If the church is ready to change and embrace love it would be a handsome thing".

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

It was then that the pope reassured him, he said. They were victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile. "This is what Jesus would do today".

In meeting with Cruz, Francis was attempting to mend some bridges of his own in terms of his handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis in Chile and those who covered it up. It must dismantle all teachings based in heteronormativity, and develop teachings based on the incredible variety of human identities as a reflection of God's infinite creativity.

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. The bishops of the synod repeatedly made this point over and over again, expressing God's love for all and welcomeness within the Catholic Church, but that the teachings of the church on sin would not change.

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