Cruz said he told Francis how Chile's bishops used his sexual orientation as a weapon to try to discredit him, and of the pain the personal attacks had caused him.
He said that his lawyer later told him that Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, a confidant of Francis, had raised the question of whether Mr. Cruz could even be considered a victim because, Mr. Cruz said, "I was gay and I might have liked it". Religions teach that God is love, so it should be integral that all members of the community and their relationships are respected.
"God loves all his children, however they are; you are a son of God, who accepts you exactly as you are. You have to be happy with who you are, '" Cruz, pictured above, told Spanish newspaper El País, according to The Guardian. Read about the accepting words he offered the sexual abuse survivor that signal a huge departure from the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality!More news: Tom Brady Hit NYC on Sunday with Wife, Kids ... Before Patriots OTAs
A long-standing opponent of same-sex marriage and homosexual sex, the church has never even issued an official statement on whether it believes people are born gay or choose to become gay, Newsweek reports. The summit relates back to the Church's infamous scandal relating to the abuse of young people by Catholic leaders that spanned the globe and went on for decades without much exposure, until the Boston Globe began reporting on the widespread misconduct in 2002.
Francis has been known for his tolerant views of homosexuality, telling a reporter in 2013 "who am I to judge?' when asked about a 'gay lobby" within the Vatican.
The virtue that primarily distinguishes a woman, Pope Francis said, is tenderness, like the tenderness of Mary, when she "gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger".
"Our hope, though, is that Pope Francis would say these words publicly, not just in the context of a private conversation".More news: Marc Leishman stays out in front after 66
Pope Francis really truly is a wonderful human being.
"They had basically told him that I was a pervert", Cruz said, according to Crux.
Cruz was sexually abused by Father Fernando Karadima, now 87.
Pope Francis has spoken with a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest and reportedly given the clearest indication yet of his acceptance of homosexuality. "These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition".More news: Andy Warhol-founded 'Interview' magazine folds amid legal battles with former employees
"In the case of numerous abusers", Francis said, "serious problems had already been detected in them during their training in the seminary or novitiate".