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 for them. Here’s the full story.
The Pope’s message came during a podcast where he listened to messages from young people ahead of the Catholic youth festival.
A Trans Person Shared Their Conflicts
During the podcast, Giona bravely expressed their struggle with the conflict between their Catholic faith and their 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.”
Pope Always Supported LGBTQ+ community
Pope Francis’ compassionate stance towards the LGBTQ+ community is not something new.
He Condemned Anti-gay Laws
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.
His View On LGBTQ+ Rights
During his advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights, Pope Francis made it clear that criminalizing homosexuality is unjust and should be abolished.
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.”
A Powerful Ally
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.
Criticism for Pope
Despite Pope Francis’ efforts to promote inclusivity, he has faced criticism for his remarks.
Questioning His Choice of Words
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
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.”
Nothing New Here
Another user wrote, “Nothing new here, his whole focus is on promoting the acceptance of LGBT homosexual filth and perversions.”
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