DeBernardo noted other supportive remarks the pope had made privately to LGBT people, such as a transgender man in Spain and a gay man he met with during his 2015 US visit who had been a student of his in Argentina. God made you like that and loves you like this and I don't care.
Think of it this way: if God truly is the embodiment of love, then we were all perfectly made in that image which embodies every sex, gender, race, and sexuality. "You have to be happy with who you are", Cruz reportedly told El País, a Spanish newspaper.
Homosexual acts are "contrary to the natural law", do "not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity", and can not be approved under any circumstances, the church catechism states.
Back in 2013, whilst he was visiting Brazil, he told members of the press: "If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?"
Cruz was sexually abused by Father Fernando Karadima, now 87. Due to a statute of limitations, he avoided civil legal action.
In 2016, Pope Francis ordered priests to stop engaging in "unjust discrimination".
Cruz was speaking privately with the Pope last week about his abuse at the hands of a high-up priest in Chile.
The dramatic announcement followed the leaking of a 10-page letter, reportedly handed to the bishops at the start of the discussions, in which Francis said removing bishops may be needed but would not be sufficient to solve the abuse crisis in Chile. God loves you like this.
But Francis was reassuring, Cruz said. However, the victims, which include Cruz, said that Bishop Juan Barros was in on the abuse but did nothing.
Church teaching says gays should be respected, loved and not discriminated against, but considers homosexual activity "intrinsically disordered".
Catholics believe that God creates all human persons in love, but all people are also called to use their freedom responsibly, following positive inspirations and resisting attractions that are sinful. The bishops of the synod repeatedly made this point over and over again, expressing God's love for all and welcomeness within the Catholic Church, but that the teachings of the church on sin would not change.
Mr. Cruz said he wanted to reveal the pope's remarks because "people have to know this man like he really is".
"They had told [Francis] that I was practically a pervert".
It is illogical to assume that since God made us he wants us to act on all our urges as if they all came from Him.
- Pope Francis celebrated the first feast of Mary, Mother of the Church Monday saying that without the emphasis placed on motherhood, the Church would be isolated, composed of no more than "old bachelors".