Colorado Catholics react to Pope's LGBTQ remarks

Colorado Catholics react to Pope's LGBTQ remarks

Since Pope Francis will never be able to go as far as saying this, I'll say it for him: Middle fingers up to those dumpster fire bishops.

Martin told the paper that the pope made the reported comment in private and not on the record, which is a big difference.

One of the victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church said that Pope Francis told him that God loves him and doesn't care that he's gay, according to CNN. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to discuss their cases last month.

Cruz said that the pope told him: "You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter".

Only a feminine Church will be able to have "fruitful attitudes", in accordance with the intention of God, who chose "to be born of a woman in order to teach us the path of woman".

"Without this dimension, it sadly becomes a church of old bachelors, who live in this isolation, incapable of love, incapable of fecundity".

Juan Carlos Cruz, one of a number of Chilean abuse survivors who confronted the pontiff over his remarks defending a bishop who allegedly covered up abuse, told CNN of an exchange he had with Francis about his homosexuality.

On Monday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke stated simply, "We do not normally comment on the Pope's private conversations".

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?"

And in 2016, he officially suggested a softening of the Catholic Church's reception of LGBTQ+ people in a letter titled, "The Joy of Love", writing, "We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration".

It's not the first time that the current Pope has indicated that his views on homosexuality are not as black and white as those of previous Popes.

"If the comments are true, this represents a remarkable shift in official Catholic discourse on LGBT issues", said a statement issued by Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which works for LGBT equality within the Catholic Church.

Previous year the Church welcomed Luxembourg's openly gay Prime Minister and his husband to the Vatican.

The Catholic Church's catechism, which summarizes the church's doctrinal positions, states that homosexuality's "psychological genesis remains largely unexplained".

Pope Francis' choices for new cardinals come from several countries, including Japan, Pakistan and Poland.

"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law".

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