Can we please remember that the sum total of scientific evidence supporting the “born this way” theory is…zero.


A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality “does not matter.”

Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, spent three days with Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, in which he discussed his sexuality and the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Chilean priest.

Describing his encounter with the Pope to CNN, Cruz 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 words would amount to a significant departure from the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, which considers homosexuality “objectively disordered” and contrary to God’s law.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told CNN on Monday: “We do not normally comment on the Pope’s private conversations.”

And that’s the catch. So those who say Pope Francis said it and meant it are confronted by those who say we can’t trust secondhand accounts. And that’s where the conversation ends and the arguments begin. And then we usually get the name calling such as “Pharisees” or “sedevacantist” or “heretic.”

So putting aside whether Pope Francis said exactly that or not, the question is in light of what’s being reported, why wouldn’t the Vatican reiterate the Church’s teaching on sexuality? Whether Pope Francis said it or not, one would think he’d be uncomfortable with CNN blasting out false reports. So the question to me isn’t whether he said it or not because I don’t know. What I do know is that it’s terribly damaging to Catholics to have reports out there that he did say it. And he’s not doing anything about it. The thought that he’s comfortable with that silence, is profoundly disquieting.