He is a pontiff continually trying to be inclusive in a Church embedded in rigid traditions and lack of transparency. He said that his sexuality came up because some of the Latin American country's bishops were trying to portray him as a pervert and claimed he was lying about the abuse.
What influences human sexuality has always been an ongoing area of research in multiple fields.
Yet he tempered his welcoming tone by reiterating his opposition to gender theory, which presents the idea that even though people are biologically men or women, they can identify as male, female, both or neither.
In a later interview with Spanish newspaper El País, Cruz was asked whether he and Pope Francis had spoken about Cruz's homosexuality during their meeting. "Tendencies, hormonal imbalance, have and cause so many problems..." It adds, "They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity". The bishops of the synod repeatedly made this point over and over again, expressing God's love for all and welcomeness within the Catholic Church, but that the teachings of the church on sin would not change. I hope so. It is long past time for the church's harmful, even risky teachings, to be dismantled. In the Italian version of "Building a Bridge", Archbishop Matteo Maria Zuppi of Bologna wrote in the preface, "The intent of the book is to help pastors develop an attitude of understanding, as well as a capacity for accompaniment, towards their homosexual brothers and sisters".
Francis said the primary distinctive quality of a woman is tenderness, which can be seen in Mary's act of wrapping her newborn son "in swaddling clothing" and laying him in the manger in Bethlehem. He is not accused of carrying out abuse himself. Their criminal case against the priest was dismissed in November 2011 because of the statute of limitations, but the judge on the case termed their allegations "truthful and reliable".
In January 2015, Francis appointed Chile's military bishop - Juan Barros - bishop of Osorno, Chile, despite objections from some bishops that he had been a close confident of the disgraced Karadima. There is not a single piece of proof against him. "It is all calumny". Francis told Neria, according to Crux. During that trip, he went so far as to say that the teaching of this theory in schools amounted to a "global war" against the family. "Such treatment deserves the condemnation from the church's pastors wherever it occurs".
The meeting with the three Chilean victims in the Pope's private residence - Casa Santa Marta - is the first time a pope has invited sexual abuse victims to stay in his home. Doyle runs a website that tracks clerical abuse.