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LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican.

Homosexual acts are "contrary to the natural law", do "not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity", and can not be approved under any circumstances, the church catechism states.

"He told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter".

It is a fundamental Catholic belief that every person is loved and has great value and dignity before God. "The Pope loves you this way, you must be happy the way you are".

"It knows the language of such wisdom of caresses, of silence, of the gaze that knows compassion", he said, explaining that this attitude is also representative of those people who live as part of the Church, knowing that they are "[like] a mother [and] must go along the same path: "a person [who is] gentle, tender, smiling, full of love".

Church teaching says gays should be respected, loved and not discriminated against, but considers homosexual activity "intrinsically disordered".

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Fernando Karadima, the disgraced priest who abused Cruz, was found guilty of abuse by the Vatican back in 2011. In 2016, he said he had ministered to people with unfulfilled homosexual tendencies as well as homosexuals who were not able to remain chaste, as the Church asks them to.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" the pope said at the time.

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".

The meeting with the three Chilean victims in the Pope's private residence - Casa Santa Marta - is the first time a pope has invited sexual abuse victims to stay in his home.

"Life is life; things have to be accepted as they come".

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

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"They had told [Francis] that I was practically a pervert. This is what Jesus would do today". It must dismantle all teachings based in heteronormativity, and develop teachings based on the incredible variety of human identities as a reflection of God's infinite creativity.

Mr. Cruz also told the pope of his "most wonderful friends, who are also Catholic and who struggle with this".

Francis said the primary distinctive quality of a woman is tenderness, which can be seen in Mary's act of wrapping her newborn son "in swaddling clothing" and laying him in the manger in Bethlehem.

"It would do a lot better if he would make these statements publicly, because LGBT people need to hear that message from religious leaders, from Catholic leaders", Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, said in a comment.

He had been criticised in Chile for his decision to ordain a bishop who is accused of covering up sexual abuse committed by a priest.

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