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

"God loves you like this, '" Cruz told CNN about what Pope Francis told him.

"He told me, 'Juan Carlos, the fact that you're gay doesn't matter". 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. "All material and spiritual poverty, every form of discrimination against our brothers and sisters, is always a outcome of the rejection of God and his love", he said.

"To be attracted and to be sent are two movements that our hearts, especially when we are young, feel as interior forces of love; they hold out promise for our future, and they give direction to our lives", Pope Francis said. "You have to be happy with who you are, '" Cruz, pictured above, told Spanish newspaper El PaĆ­s, according to The Guardian. Actually embracing gay people would mean the world's largest Christian body would have to drop its claim that gay people are "objectively disordered", which is now part of the Catholic Catechism. Later that year, he suggested in an interview that God does not "reject and condemn" gay people.

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". "It goes beyond 'who am I to judge?' to 'you are loved by God, '" Lamb said. After greeting the faithful and addressing an Easter message to them, Pope Francis named countries for whom "today we implore fruits of peace". However, the victims, which include Cruz, said that Bishop Juan Barros was in on the abuse but did nothing.

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The conversation took place because the Pope wanted to speak with Cruz about his past ordeals as a victim of sexual abuse by Father Karadima in Chile.

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.

I would like to see the pope's apparent openness mirrored by others in the Roman Catholic church. The church accepts that LGBT people exist, but I want us to get to a point where our love is recognised as being as valid as any other. "These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition".

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.

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