In a moving display of compassion and acceptance, Pope Francis recently shared heartfelt words with a young transgender person, affirming God’s love and support. Here’s the whole story.
Conflict Between Catholic Faith and Transgender Identity
The Pope’s message came during a podcast where he listened to messages from young people ahead of the Catholic youth festival.
During the podcast, Giona bravely expressed their struggle with the conflict between their Catholic faith and transgender identity.
In response, Pope Francis reassured Giona that God’s love is unconditional, affirming that God loves us as we are, regardless of our flaws or struggles.
He said, “Even if we are sinners, he draws near to help us. The Lord loves us as we are, this is God’s crazy love.”
Urging Catholic Bishops To Welcome LGBTQ+ People Into the Church
Pope Francis’ compassionate stance towards the LGBTQ+ community is not something new.
Earlier in the year, the 86-year-old religious leader condemned anti-gay laws and urged Catholic bishops to welcome LGBTQ+ people into the church.
While acknowledging that some priests within the Catholic Church consider queerness a ‘sin,’ Pope Francis expressed hope that their attitudes would eventually evolve.
During his advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights, Pope Francis clarified that criminalizing homosexuality is unjust and should be abolished.
“We Are All Children of God, and God Loves Us as We Are”
He said, “We are all children of God, and God loves us as we are and for the strength that each of us fights for our dignity.”
By speaking out against the criminalization of homosexuality, the Pope further positioned himself as an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and an advocate for their rights.
Despite Pope Francis’ efforts to promote inclusivity, he has faced criticism for his remarks.
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
“Let Us Disapprove of Transgenderism”
One Twitter user wrote, “Yes, “God loves us as we are”, says Pope Francis. So there is NO need to change our biological sex. Let us disapprove of transgenderism.”
Another user wrote, “Nothing new here, his whole focus is on promoting the acceptance of LGBT homosexual filth and perversions.”
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