An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was.
Juan Carlos Cruz – one of the three survivors from Chile who met with the pope from 27th to 30th April at the Vatican – said his homosexuality and how it brought about further suffering was something he discussed with the pope during the private meeting.
Cruz told the Spanish daily, El Pais, in an interview published on 19th May that the pope had been told by detractors “that I was a pervert. I explained that I was not St Aloysius Gonzaga, but that I am not a bad person either. I try not to hurt anybody.”
According to Cruz, the pope then told him, “Juan Carlos, it doesn’t matter that you are gay. God made you that way and he loves you the way you are, and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you the way you are; you have to be happy with who you are.”
The Vatican does not comment on the content of private conversations with the pope.
Picture: Pope Francis passes a crucifix as he walks down steps during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 16th May. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).