Juan Carlos Cruz, one of three sexual abuse victims of Father Fernando Karadima has spoken to media claiming that during a private audience Pope Francis in April.
Speaking with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Cruz said that the pope said God made him that way and that God loves him exactly as he is, in reference to his homosexuality.
“God made you that way and loves you as you are,” said describing his meeting with Pope to El Pais when speaking about homosexuality.
“He told me, ‘Juan Carlos, I don’t care about you being gay. God made you that way and loves you as you are and I don’t mind… You have to be happy with who you are’,” he said.
Cruz later suggested on his Twitter that after the interview he remembered the Pope saying to him:
“Who am I to judge? I experienced it personally and I hope many feel that no one is excluded or should be excluded…ever!”
Something else that I will always remember about my hours of conversations with Pope Francis @Pontifex will be this: His phrase: Who am I to judge? I experienced it personally and I hope many feel that no one is excluded or should be excluded…ever! https://t.co/LhqMwmnNOa
— Juan Carlos Cruz Ch. (@jccruzchellew) May 20, 2018
The Catholic church had never formally explained why individuals are gay.
The Vatican has yet to issue a statement confirming or denying Cruz’s claim.
The Pope’s ‘Made That Way’ claim looks vaguely familiar. We’re wondering if he has a subscription to our print magazine and has quoted DNA’s ‘Made That Way’ masted?