- Pope Francis has apologised to Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chile's abusive priest, Fernando Karadima
- Carlos said that the pope told him God made him gay and his sexuality does not matter
- He claimed the pontiff said he has to be happy with who he is because God loves him like that
A victim of clerical sex abuse, Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke with Pope Francis about the abuse he suffered at the hands of a prominent Chilean priest, said the pope told him that God made him gay and his sexuality does not matter, Independent reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Cruz, who suffered sex abuse at the hands of Fernando Karadima, said the pope told him: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that 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.”
In 2011, a Vatican investigation found Karadima guilty of a series of child sexual abuse that took place in the 1970s and ’80s. The priest was barred from clerical duties and sentenced to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” but has never faced a criminal trial.
According to Cruz, the Pope has personally apologised to him for the abuse he suffered during their meeting this week.
He said: “I was thrilled that he took what we talked about so seriously. I felt the visit was not just a matter of protocol, of public relations."
The Vatican is yet to comment on the Pope’s reported remarks on homosexuality.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that thirty four Chilean bishops offered their resignation to Pope Francis over allegations that they covered up clergy sex abuse scandals.
In a statement read out in a press conference, the bishops sad they all placed their mandates “in the hands of the Holy Father so that he may decide freely over each of us."
In the statement, the bishops also “ask forgiveness for the pain caused to the victims, to the pope, to God’s people and to the country for our serious mistakes and omissions.”
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