'God made you like this,' Pope reportedly tells gay man

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Pope Francis

Fr. James Martin, the author of "Building a Bridge", told The Times that Francis' reported comments are a "big deal" because it is likely the first time the pope made a comment "about gay people being born that way".

"He said, 'Look Juan Carlos, the pope loves you this way". Cruz told Francis during the meeting that bishops tried to use his sexual orientation to discredit him.

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".

He added: "Let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love". 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.

The Roman Catholic Church insists that while homosexual orientation is not sinful in itself, homosexual acts certainly are because they are "against natural law".

"I welcome any statement from Pope Francis which reminds people that gay people (like anyone) should love themselves", Robertson concluded.

The Vatican has not yet confirmed or clarified the comments that Cruz said the Pope made regarding homosexuality. "God made you this way and loves you this way, and the pope loves you this way".

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Observers have warned against hyping the pontiff's comments, however, as they were uttered in private and don't represent a shift in church teaching. Given this situation, the archdiocese is not able to offer further comment on these reports.

Official church teaching calls for gay men and lesbians to be respected and loved, but considers homosexual activity "intrinsically disordered". 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 14 cardinals will be created at a consistory on June 29, Francis said in a speech in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square.

In 2013, Pope Francis reportedly said that he's not in a position to judge gay priests.

Cruz was sexually abused by Father Fernando Karadima, now 87. "He said, 'I was part of the problem, I caused this and I apologize'". "I told him that it enraged me, because I continue to believe, loving the Church, thinking that this can change".

Pope Francis then certified that he had solicited the opinion of the cardinals, who agreed that "these same blesseds should be proposed to the whole church as examples of Christian life and holiness".

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