May 21, 2018 - Pope Francis reportedly told a gay man that God made him gay.
Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest, met with the Pope two weeks ago. He said that his sexual orientation came up in the conversation because some bishops in Chile said he was a pervert who was lying about the abuse.
‚ÄúHe told me, ‚ÄėJuan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter,'‚ÄĚ Cruz said. ‚Äú‚ÄėGod made you like this and loves you like this and I don‚Äôt care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.'‚ÄĚ
The Catholic Church has no official stance on the origin of homosexuality, so the comments don‚Äôt represent a change in doctrine. The remarks show, though, that the Pope doesn‚Äôt believe that people choose to be gay.
The Pope‚Äôs comments also show a shift of attitude within the church, said Christopher Lamb, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet.
In 2013, in response to a journalist‚Äôs question about the ‚Äúgay lobby,‚ÄĚ the Pope said, ‚ÄúWho am I to judge?‚ÄĚ
Lamb said that the Pope‚Äôs remarks to Cruz go ‚Äúbeyond ‚Äėwho am I to judge?‚Äô to ‚Äėyou are loved by God.'‚ÄĚ
A spokesperson for the Vatican did not comment on the conversation Cruz had with the Pope.
Originally published on LGBTQNation