The Internet exploded after reports of very controversial comments made by Pope Francis during a private conversation with an open homosexual. Juan Carlos Cruz, who had been ill-treated by a Chilean priest, spent three days in communion with Francis, openly discussing issues of sexuality and horrific experience of abuse with him.
That said Pope Francis, according to Juan Carlos, who discussed his meeting with the Pontiff in an interview with CNN:
“You know, Juan Carlos, it doesn’t matter. God created you that way. God loves you as you are. Daddy loves you the same and you have to love yourself and not worry about what people say”.
If you believe the veracity of the reports, the Pope’s comments seriously are contrary to Catholic doctrine which is more than 2, 000 years, since the Pope considers homosexuality “an objective violation of the natural order”, which is contrary to God’s law (objective – not dependent on the will or desire of man, — ed.).
Section 2357 of the Catholic catechism reads:
“Based on the Scriptures in which homosexual acts are represented as actions of extreme depravity, the traditional view of sexuality always says that “homosexual acts are, in fact, is disorder.” They are contrary to the law of nature. They are considered to be sexual intercourse, which is not the gift of the continuation of life. They are not a natural attraction and sexual attraction (opposite sexes). Under any circumstances they cannot be approved”.
On requests to confirm the remarks of the Pope and Cruz, the Vatican issued a simple statement: “Normally we do not comment on private conversations the Pope”.
When, in 2013, Francis was asked about his views on homosexuality, he has said publicly: “If someone is gay, but seek the Lord with all your heart, then who am I to judge him?”
“Tell me: when God looks at a gay guy whether He is this person with love or reject and condemn this person?..” he said (in translation).
Some do not believe that the Pope said something out of line.
“I welcome any statement by Pope Francis that remind people that gay people (like all people) have to love yourself, wrote Douglas Robertson in “Independent”. But what he reportedly hinted to this man, the victim, is not at all radical and something new that is contrary to the broader official teaching on homosexuality”.
Catechism, representing the official teaching of the Church on a number of social and moral issues, talks about it for those who struggle with homosexuality:
2358 “the Number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is very significant. This tendency, which is an objective disorder, is for most of them a test. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and understanding. Should avoid all signs of unjust discrimination in their regard. These people are called to do God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite around the sacrifice of the Lord’s cross the difficulties that they face within the state.”
2359 “Homosexuals called to celibacy. Thanks to self-mastery that teaches them inner freedom, at times due to disinterested friendship, by prayer and Holy grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.”
Fernando Karadima, the disgraced priest who raped Cruz, was found guilty on the article by the Vatican in 2011.
Bishops in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after an emergency summit at the Vatican to discuss the scandal of sexual violence, reports Catholic news Agency.
More than 30 active bishops, three of whom have already retired, gave the Pope’s statement on his resignation, insisting that the time had come to entrust their fate “in the hands of the Holy Father that He was free to decide for each of us.”