Pope Francis has shocked the world yet again as he tells a gay man that God made him the way he is and that God loves him unconditionally.
Gaystarnews.com released an article recounting Juan Carlos Cruz’s one-on-one with Pope Francis and how their meeting came about.
Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País that the Pope said: ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.’
Through tragedy came a true blessing for Cruz, who was one of the sexually abused victims of Reverend Fernando Karadima of a Chilean Roman Catholic Church.
Reverend Fernando Karadima was found guilty of his crimes by the Vatican in 2011. To address the cover-up by the Chilean clergy, Pope Francis called a three-day summit in which all 34 bishops offered to resign on Friday, May 18, 2018.
During that time, Cruz met with the Pope who gave him a sincere apology and blessed him with kind and accepting words from God.
He recalls the first thing the Pope said to him when they met: ‘I want to apologize, in the name of the Pope and the Church for everything you have gone through.
‘I apologize for me, because I was the cause of this situation that caused you so much pain in these last months,’ Cruz recalled.
When asked if they discussed the abuse in length, Cruz said: ‘Yes, in a lot of detail.
‘I cried and he looked hurt. He put his hand on my shoulder and said “Cry, baby.”‘
Cruz is pleased with the Bishops’ resignations tweeting his excitement in Spanish, which has been translated into English.
‘I’m very excited with all of this,’ he tweeted. ‘It’s good for our beloved country, for so many people who have suffered because of corrupt and deceitful bishops, and also survivors who have been ignored all over the world.’
The Roman Catholic Church has done an about-face with Pope Francis at the helm. Does that mean all the wrongdoing is eradicated and everything is good now? No. But it does give hope for a new dawn.
Pope Francis recently said gays can’t burn in hell because ‘it doesn’t exist.’ He is against same-sex marriage but advocates for civil unions for same-sex couples.