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Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church is a mother

Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church is a mother

"You have to be happy with who you are", Cruz reportedly told El PaĆ­s, a Spanish newspaper.

Francis's predecessor, Pope Benedict, wrote in 2005 that homosexuality was "a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil". Then, and other times, the pope spoke of Mary as a mediator, or someone who intercedes for us, said Dodd.

Mr Cruz reportedly also told the pope that he could "have a spectacular papacy if you grab the bull by the horns and deliver a strong blow on the issue of abuse, and send out the message that the pope will no longer tolerate this".

The priest who abused him was never brought to trial for his crimes in Chile, but was barred from preaching after being found guilty by the Vatican back in 2011.

The Vatican declined to comment on the report but, if confirmed, it would be a striking statement of tolerance towards homosexuality, which the Church has condemned as an immoral disorder if it is actively practised.

In 2013 a journalist asked the Pope about the "gay lobby", to which he replied, "Who am I to judge?"

The first edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the dense summary of Catholic teaching published by St. John Paul II in 1992, said gay individuals "do not choose their homosexual condition; for majority it is a trial".




Juan Carlos Cruz identifies as a gay man.

The Rev. James Martin, a Catholic priest who advocates outreach to LGBT people, also praised the pope's reported comments.

Francis has spoken with compassion about homosexuality, though his comments have not led to any real change in the church's longstanding position on homosexuality.

"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". And it is with this attitude that comes from Mary, who is Mother of the Church, with this attitude we can understand this feminine dimension of the Church, which, when it is not there, the Church loses its identity and becomes a charitable organization or a football team, or whatever, but not the Church.

"Life is life; things have to be accepted as they come. This is what Jesus would do today".

Francis told Italy's bishops he was concerned about the "crisis of vocations" in a region of the world that once was one of the biggest sources of Catholic missionaries.

The 14 cardinals will be created at a consistory on June 29, Francis said in a speech in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square.


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