Pope Francis said five words that rocked the Catholic Church
Pope Francis has been a controversial Pope.
Francis has injected his liberal world view into the political debate.
But nothing compared to the five words he just said that rocked the Catholic Church.
Critics of Pope Francis have accused him of bending to secular liberal cultural sensibilities.
Liberals believe the Church must adapt to the modern world if it seeks to remain relevant.
Traditionalists contend that if the Church drifts from its core beliefs it will lose its place.
Some Chrisitians are concerned Pope Francis believes the Church needs to “modernize.”
Those fears only grew when Francis told a homosexual man who was the victim of sexual abuse by a priest that “God made you this way.”
“Chilean Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of alleged clerical sexual abuse, claims that in a recent meeting with Pope Francis the pontiff told him that God had made him gay and loves him the way he is.
“Juan Carlos, you being gay doesn’t matter,” Francis reportedly told Mr. Cruz in April. “God made you like this and loves you like this and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you like this, you have to be happy with who you are.”
Cruz is one of three victims of Father Fernando Karadima who were in Rome in late April for three days of meetings with Francis. His comments came in an interview published on Saturday with the Spanish daily El Pais.
It is possible that the pope used those very words and it is also possible that Mr. Cruz walked away with that message, but that the pope’s words were somewhat different. In a matter of this nature, the exact words matter a lot.”
God’s love is eternal.
Pope Francis is correct to tell the man God loves him for who he is. And this could be a case of the Pope’s words being misinterpreted or incorrectly reported.
That may have been the case here.
In his report on abuse by Chilean priests, Francis faulted the Bishops for allowing individuals who exhibited homosexual behavior to enter the seminary.