Pope Francis has gotten a lot of reactions after he reportedly told a victim of clerical sexual abuse that God made him gay and his sexuality “doesn’t matter.”
Juan Carlos Cruz spent three days with the Pope at the Vatican in April, according to CNN. He delved into matters of his sexuality, as well as the abuse he suffered from a Chilean priest named Fernando Karadima. Karadima was found guilty of the abuse in 2011.
Cruz described to CNN what the Pope told him: “You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say.”
Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry which aims to have LGBT within the Catholic Church, said: “If the comments are true, this represents a remarkable shift in official Catholic discourse on LGBT issues.”
“Instead of the more passive ‘Who am I to judge?’ the pope is expressing a much stronger affirmation of gay and lesbian people than he, or any previous pope or Vatican official, has ever done,” DeBernardo added. “Even if the words reported are exactly as the pope said them, they still do not indicate a change in official teaching, but they do represent a major change in pastoral attitude and practice.”
“Our hope, though, is that Pope Francis would say these words publicly, not just in the context of a private conversation. LGBT people need to hear this message proclaimed, not just whispered. Such a message stated publicly would do an immense amount of good towards effecting healing and reconciliation with so many people alienated from the church because of sexuality issues.”
Meanwhile, on Twitter, people have been celebrating:
i'm no longer catholic but how can i join the church of just pope francis? pic.twitter.com/NcgidOvMEc
— winter❄️ (@laurenwinter98) May 22, 2018
Pope Francis to gays: ok wig
— Mario (@mtehuitz) May 21, 2018
Bible Belt America is shaking in their camouflage boots as we speak. It’s official ladies, Miss Pope Francis is invited to the kiki https://t.co/9Y7MnYqA7f
— Landon Romano (@landonromano) May 22, 2018
Pope Francis, leader of fhe Catholic Church, studied the religion for decades, and was chosen to lead by other spiritual leaders: God loves you if you’re gay!
Some guy who has John 3:16 in his insta bio and only goes to mass on holidays: yeah uh pretty sure youre wrong pal
— pae2️⃣0️⃣ (@paetwenty) May 22, 2018
Pope Francis to a gay man: “God made you like this. God loves you like this.”
Growing up gay in the Catholic church is challenging. I was not accepted for who I am. I found acceptance on my own.
If the church is ready to change and embrace love it would be a beautiful thing. 🌈
— Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) May 21, 2018
What a better world it would be if naysayers would be more accepting like Pope Francis.