Published: Wed, May 23, 2018

Pope Francis quotes: What he's said about homosexuality, atheists and more

Pope Francis quotes: What he's said about homosexuality, atheists and more

According to The New York Times, "The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that people with "homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity, ' but it also calls a "deep-seated" homosexual inclination and its acts 'intrinsically distorted" and 'contrary to the natural law.'" Sounds like a very complicated statement, right?

"Juan Carlos, I don't care about you being gay", the pope reportedly said.

The leader of the Catholic faith told a victim of clerical sexual abuse that being gay "does not matter" and that "God made him" like that. "The pope loves you the way you are; you have to be happy with who you are".

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 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.

Cruz confirmed that they did speak about homosexuality, and that he explained to the Pope that he is not a bad person and tries not to hurt anybody.

"If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with goodwill, who am I to judge?" he said in 2013 when asked for his views on homosexuality.

Pope Francis telling a Juan Carlos Cruz, an openly gay Catholic and surviver of abuse, "God made you like that and loves you like that".

"When a person (who is gay) arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say, 'Go away because you are homosexual, '" Francis said, adding: "Please don't say that the pope will sanctify trans [transgender people], because I read the headlines in the newspapers".

Paul maintained several times through his letters that humans should abstain from homosexuality - as they should with any sexual immorality - while Jesus affirmed the Genesis 2 picture of marriage between one man and one woman together as "one flesh" when questioned as detailed in Matthew 19.

"The Spirit frees hearts chained by fear", the Pope said in his homily.

He told a Chilean journalist: "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak. Sin is sin", Francis told reporters in 2016, according to Crux.

It will be Francis's fifth consistory and he has used each occasion to show support for the Church where Catholics are in a tiny minority, in this case Iraq, Pakistan and Japan. "The one who says who goes to heaven is God".

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for equality for LGBT Catholics, said the pope's comments were "tremendous" and would do a lot of good.

In meeting with Cruz, Francis was attempting to mend some bridges of his own in terms of his handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis in Chile and those who covered it up.

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