"Home " World " Pope Francis: "Like Mary, the Church is a mother
23 May, 2018, 03:31 | Author: Dustin Murphy
Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, said Francis made the comments to him when they met for a private discussion last month to discuss the sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving Catholic priests in Cruz's native Chile.
The first edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the dense summary of Catholic teaching published by St. John Paul II in 1992, said gay individuals "do not choose their homosexual condition; for a lot of them it is a trial".
He said that his lawyer later told him that Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, a confidant of Francis, had raised the question of whether Mr. Cruz could even be considered a victim because, Mr. Cruz said, "I was gay and I might have liked it". "God made you like this and he loves you, '" Cruz told The Associated Press. Without this dimension, it sadly becomes a church of old bachelors, who live in this isolation, incapable of love, incapable of fecundity. "The Pope wants you like that, you have to be happy with who you are, '" Cruz said.
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.
His supporters called him "the new age true Catholic", who, instead of condemning homosexuality, embraced it by "telling Catholics that being gay isn't a choice".
"If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?" he said on his first overseas trip in 2013.
The Argentinian Pope is no stranger to controversial comments - and he's not afraid to challenge others, or have others challenge him. While we have a way of celebrating our love through civil partnerships and same-sex marriage, we also need to keep working to allow LGBT people of faith to marry in church and declare their love in the eyes of God.
His pastoral tone, however, doesn't undermine his staunch opposition to promoting or endorsing such "tendencies", as he told reporters flying with him after his visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2016.
He told a Chilean journalist: "The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak".
During that flight, he spoke about receiving Neria in the Vatican- without actually giving names, saying that "Life is life, things have to be accepted as they come". Not to say that it's all the same, but in each case, welcome, accompany, study, discern and integrate.
Only a feminine Church will be able to have "fruitful attitudes", in accordance with the intention of God, who chose "to be born of a woman in order to teach us the path of woman".
Francis's reported words can help to build bridges between the Catholic church and LGBT people who have felt rejected and excluded from it. The bishops of the synod repeatedly made this point over and over again, expressing God's love for all and welcomeness within the Catholic Church, but that the teachings of the church on sin would not change.
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