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. "'God made you like this and loves you like this and I don't care". 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".
But his latest remark, if accurate, would mark an historic shift in attitudes towards homosexuality within the Catholic church.
Obviously, Pope Francis' powerfully embracing message signals a huge departure from the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality.
"If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?" he replied. "It goes beyond 'who am I to judge?' to 'you are loved by God, '" Lamb said.
Cardinals are the Vatican's second highest-ranking clerics after the pope.
The comments recalled Pope Francis' much-publicized remarks to reporters on an overnight flight as he returned to Rome from a week-long trip to Brazil in 2013.
Cruz was abused by Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011. According to The Guardian, Juan Carlos said the topic came up because some Chilean bishops reportedly accused him of lying about his abuse, and attempted to paint him as a pervert.
"The pope is saying what every reputable biologist and psychologist will tell you, which is that people do not choose their sexual orientation", Martin said in a telephone interview. The revised edition says: "This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for a lot of them a trial". "I told him that it enraged me, because I continue to believe, loving the Church, thinking that this can change".
While some have hailed Francis' alleged comments as an open acceptance of homosexuality by the head of the Catholic church, it is possible, if Cruz's claim is true, Francis meant to distinguish between God's love for Cruz as a person and God's stance toward Cruz's homosexual acts.
The "viri probati" proposal has been around for decades, but drawn fresh attention under history's first Latin American pope thanks in part to his appreciation of the challenges facing the church in places like Brazil, a huge Catholic country with an acute shortage of priests.
The 14 cardinals will be created at a consistory on June 29, Francis said in a speech in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square. Some people will say that LGBT people can't exist in faith communities; that faith communities don't accept same-sex relationships or those whose gender doesn't match the one that they were assigned at birth.
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