Twitter on fire after Pope Francis reportedly tells a gay man that 'God made him like this'
Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, told Spanish El Pais that Pope Francis assured him of God's love regardless of his homosexuality.
"He told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. 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,'" Cruz told El Pais.
The comments were welcomed by some people, who praised the Pope's open-mindedness.
My GODDESS I LOVE THIS POPE!!!— Karen Louise (@Pfalloonia) 22 мая 2018 г.
His supporters called him "the new age true Catholic," who, instead of condemning homosexuality, embraced it by "telling Catholics that being gay isn't a choice."
Pope Francis is the new age true Catholic. All are equal no matter what. You are who you are.— Michael Avila (@Mykes2nyce) 21 мая 2018 г.
However, the Pope's remarks did not sit well with more conservative audience. Some even expressed doubt that His Holiness has actually read the Bible, suggesting it might be a good time for him to start reading it.
The Pope need to read the Bible. Yes God loves all mankind. But God does not love sin.— Pastor Joe Velotti (@JoeVelotti) 21 мая 2018 г.
@Pontifex Pope what does the Bible say on this issue please? Romans 1:26-30?😢😢— Benjamin M Kasomo (@kasomob) 21 мая 2018 г.
The popes' sentiments are noble, but he seriously needs to go back to bible study.— Darrith — truth seeker (@wainejonathan) 21 мая 2018 г.
"God didn't create Tom and John. He created Adam and Eve. This is wrong and not biblical," said one man, who added that there is nothing in the traditional church teachings that could back the Pope's words.
GOD didn't create Tom and john he created Adam and Eve. This is wrong and not biblical.— Benard n. n (@Njoguben) 21 мая 2018 г.
"Followers of Jesus Christ need to be reminded that Jesus NEVER SAID A WORD about homosexuality," author Tess Gerritsen tweeted. "But if you insist on obeying Old Testament laws, better start collecting stones. You'll need them to execute your disobedient teenagers."
Followers of Jesus Christ need to be reminded that Jesus NEVER SAID A WORD about homosexuality. But if you insist on obeying Old Testament laws, better start collecting stones. You'll need them to execute your disobedient teenagers.— tess gerritsen (@tessgerritsen) 21 мая 2018 г.
Some people accused the pope of distorting the truth, and cited passages from the Bible. "Pope Francis changed the truth of God into a lie. So sad," one man said.
Yes, God loves all. However, the Bible says, "And God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. " Genesis 1:27 "Pope Francis changed the truth of God into a lie. So sad."— JSalum (@josimarsalum) 21 мая 2018 г.
Others said Pope Francis "is being politically correct." Again.
God loves everyone But God doesn't approve of Homesexuals or anything that is not right in God's eyes just read the Bible. The Pope is being politically correct again.— Lewis M ODonohue (@lewisod73) 21 мая 2018 г.
If true, Cruz's claim that the Pope told him it is okay to be gay wouldn't the first time Pope Francis has gone against the core principles of the church. In July 2013, he expressed his openness to gay clergy when he said, "Who am I to judge?"
The Argentinian-born pope has repeatedly challenged the public with his statements, many of which have raised some eyebrows. In one such statement, he reportedly denied the existence of hell, when one of the co-founders of Italian La Repubblica, and Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist, confronted him about the immortality of the soul.
On another occasion, the pontiff condemned the phenomenon of 'fake news' as the work of the devil, which he said could be compared to the tale of original sin in which Adam and Eve were deceived into eating the forbidden fruit.
Not so long ago, Pope Francis also made a remark comparing a group of giggling Peruvian nuns to "terrorists."
The Pope also recently shook public opinion after a report revealed a letter written by the same victim of clerical sexual abuse who claimed the pope told him God made him "this way." In the letter, Juan Carlos accused Bishop Juan Barros, who was appointed by Pope Francis, of sexual abuse. Francis refused to admit any "wrongdoing" by Barros as long as there was no proof to back the claim.
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