After spending 3 days with Pope Francis, Juan Carlos Cruz told media that he was told that god made him gay and he loves him no matter what. Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, spent 3 days in the Vatican in April and confided with the pope of how he was sexually abused by a Chilean priest - Fernando Karadima. In 2011, Karadima was found guilty for the abuse charges made against him by Cruz.
While sitting with the pope and discussing his ordeal, Cruz also told him that he is gay. After their encounter, Cruz told CNN that the pope replied to him and said "You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this. The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say."
The Pope's reaction comes in contrast to the Roman Catholic Church's teachings that homosexuality is "objectively disordered" and goes against God's laws and commands.
A spokesman for the Vatican - Greg Burke, told media that "We do not normally comment on the Pope's private conversations" When asked about the Pope's quote. In the wake of the Pope's alleged statement to Cruz, 3 retired Bishops and 31 active Bishops announced that they will resign and put the matter "in the hands of the Holy Father so that he might freely decide for each one of us."