LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

Juan Carlos Cruz

The Pope Told A Gay Man That 'God Loves You Like This,' Making Him The Most Accepting Catholic Leader To Date

Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBTQ community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

Juan Carlos Cruz, one of three Chilean victims invited by the pope to Rome earlier this month, said the "corrupt" bishops should be replaced by those in the church who had helped abuse victims.

Cruz said he told Pope 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.

Pope Francis met with a survivor of sexual abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz, back in April and the two talked about his sexuality, and the abuse he endured at the hands of a Chilean priest, for three days.

"It goes beyond 'who am I to judge?' to 'you are loved by God, '" Christopher Lamb, the Vatican correspondent for the Catholic newspaper Tablet, told The Guardian. "The pope is saying what every reputable biologist and psychologist will tell you, which is that people do not choose their sexual orientation, " he told the AP.

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In a commentary piece in United Kingdom newspaper The Independent, however, Douglas Robertson pointed out that what Francis said "doesn't really contradict the church's teaching in any way".

This is the first time that the pope has taken a definitive stance, as he sparked a conversation on the topic in 2013 when he famously asked, "Who am I to judge?" God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care...

"Our hope, though, is that Pope Francis would say these words publicly, not just in the context of a private conversation".

Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints October 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived.

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

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"They had basically told him that I was a pervert", Cruz said, according to Crux.

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.

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

That was the reflection offered by Pope Francis during the Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

During the visit, Pope Francis staunchly defended Barros, denouncing accusations against him as 'slander'.

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Luckily, Pope Francis came around and realized that he made a mistake.

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