All of Chile's bishops submit resignation to pope over sex abuse scandal

  • All of Chile's bishops submit resignation to pope over sex abuse scandal

All of Chile's bishops submit resignation to pope over sex abuse scandal

"He told me, 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter, '" Cruz said.

The meeting with Cruz came after the Pope dismissed the allegations that Bishop Juan Barros-whom he appointed in Osorno, Chile, in 2015-knew about the abuse as "slander".

In the interview, Mr. Cruz said that since the article in El País was published over the weekend, some of those gay Catholic friends had written to him saying of the pope, "Did he really tell you that?"

Francis responded, Cruz said, by telling him, "The pope loves you [as you are], you have to be happy with who you are". "All material and spiritual poverty, every form of discrimination against our brothers and sisters, is always a effect of the rejection of God and his love", he said.

Homosexual acts are "contrary to the natural law", do "not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity", and can not be approved under any circumstances, the church catechism states.

In 2013, in response to a journalist's question about the "gay lobby", the Pope said, "Who am I to judge?".

Back in 2011, Kardima was found guilty of sexual abuse and was removed from his post. Due to a statute of limitations, he avoided civil legal action.

Pope Francis has promised to elevate 14 churchmen from five continents to the rank of cardinal who work with the poor or where Catholics are in a minority and putting his stamp on the group that will elect his successor.

"Our hope, though, is that Pope Francis would say these words publicly, not just in the context of a private conversation".

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 pope loves you like this.

"They had basically told him that I was a pervert", Cruz said, according to Crux.

"I welcome any statement from Pope Francis which reminds people that gay people (like anyone) should love themselves", Robertson concluded.

Contrary to the interpretations of the mainstream media, the pope's comments do not seem to contradict Catholic teaching, which considers homosexuality "objectively disordered" and contrary to God's law.

The Pontiff said that God had made Juan Carlos Cruz gay and that his sexuality "does not matter".


"He said to me, that's not a problem."


The Catholic Church teaches that because of original sin, all human beings are born with a wounded nature and sinful inclinations, which together are referred to as "concupiscence". They close the sexual act to the gift of life.

Eleven of the group are under 80, the age limit for entering the secret conclave that will be called to elect a new pope once Francis dies or retires.