Fernando Karadima was a priest who abused many victims within the church and was ostracized.
A South American man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest in the Catholic church has reportedly met with the Pope who told him God made him gay.
Juan Carlos Cruz met with Pope Francis two weeks ago and they discussed his sexual orientation because Chilean bishops had accused him of lying about the sexual abuse labeling him a pervert. Cruz revealed to Pope Francis that he is gay.
“He told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter,'” Cruz said. “‘God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.'”
While the Catholic church still believes homosexuality is a sin, the Pope’s remarks may further bolster that his holiness is more tolerant than those who have preceded him.
In 2013 a journalist asked the Pope about the “gay lobby,” to which he replied, “Who am I to judge?”
The man accused of molesting Cruz, Fernando Karadima, now 87, was found guilty by the Vatican and banished from the church. Due to a statute of limitations, he avoided civil legal action.
The Vatican has not given an official statement about the meeting between Cruz and the Pope.
Back in 2016, the Pope addressed journalists on his plane about homosexuality, saying, "I think that the Church not only should apologize ... to a gay person whom it offended but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons."
He added that homosexuals, “should not be discriminated against. They should be respected, accompanied pastorally."