Anyone doubt that the Pope said this?
Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.
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. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to discuss their cases last month.
Cruz said he told 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.
“He said, ‘Look Juan Carlos, the pope loves you this way. God made you like this and he loves you,'” Cruz told The Associated Press.
The Vatican declined to confirm or deny the remarks in keeping with its policy not to comment on the pope’s private conversations. The comments first were reported by Spain’s El Pais newspaper.
Go here to read the rest. Note that these private comments, which the Vatican never confirms nor denies, always go one way: against traditional teaching. That such off the cuff remarks produce chaos within the Church is for this Pope a feature not a bug. PopeWatch really does not blame the Pope anymore. He is what he is. PopeWatch does blame the clergy and the laity who sit idly by as Francis drives the Church off a cliff.