Pope Francis Appoints 14 New Cardinals From Five Continents

Pope Paul VI circa 1963

"Tell me: When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'" he said (translated).

Cruz said he told Pope Francis how Chile's bishops used his sexual orientation as a weapon to try to discredit him, and of the pain the personal attacks had caused him.

A Chilean victim of a Catholic priest's sex abuse claimed Pope Francis told him God made him gay.

"God loves all his children, however they are; you are a son of God, who accepts you exactly as you are. The pope loves you like this; you have to be happy with who you are".

"If a person is gay and seeks God, who am I to judge?".

In 2016, Pope Francis ordered priests to stop engaging in "unjust discrimination".

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" "You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter", the Pope said, according to Cruz's account he told to CNN. The Vatican has preferred to withhold comment on private conversations the Holy Father has had.

Pope Francis Appoints 14 New Cardinals From Five Continents

This week, Pope Francis made worldwide headlines potentially stating the most progressive views towards homosexuality in the history of the Catholic Church.

The resignation of the bishops appears to stem from the numerous cases against Fr. Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty in a Vatican investigation of abusing boys in Santiago in the 1970s and 1980s.

"I welcome any statement from Pope Francis which reminds people that gay people (like anyone) should love themselves", wrote Douglas Robertson at the Independent. According to The Guardian, Juan Carlos said the topic came up because some Chilean bishops reportedly accused him of lying about his abuse, and attempted to paint him as a pervert. 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.

As Pope Francis told a group of Salvadoran pilgrims in 2015, even after his death Blessed Romero "was defamed, slandered, his memory tarnished, and his martyrdom continued, including by his brothers in the priesthood and in the episcopate". Even if the words reported are exactly as the pope said them, they still do not indicate a change in official teaching, but they do represent a major change in pastoral attitude and practice. They close the sexual act to the gift of life.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that people with same-sex attractions "must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity".

The dramatic announcement followed the leaking of a 10-page letter, reportedly handed to the bishops at the start of the discussions, in which Francis said removing bishops may be needed but would not be sufficient to solve the abuse crisis in Chile.

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