Encourage Pope Francis to Continue to Affirm Homosexuals

Target: Pope Francis, Head of the Roman Catholic Church

Goal: Urge Pope Francis to continue to preach the Catholic value of acceptance for all people.

Pope Francis told a gay victim of clerical sexual abuse that God created him and that his sexuality “does not matter.” This is a powerful message coming from the pope, as homosexuality has long been looked down upon in the Roman Catholic Church. The man who received this comforting message from Pope Francis was Juan Carlos Cruz. Cruz spent three days at the Vatican in April to discuss his sexuality and the abuse he suffered from a Chilean priest. Cruz summarized the message from the pope to CNN as: “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 Roman Catholic Church considers homosexuality “objectively disordered” and against God’s law. Pope Francis spreading this message of acceptance for all people takes the church in a new, more liberal direction.

Sign this petition to encourage Pope Francis to continue to preach the Catholic value of acceptance for all people.


Dear Pope Francis,

There have been many instances in which you have shown your ability to align Catholic teaching with the modern views of today’s society. In a recent interaction with a gay man who suffered abuse at the hands of a priest, you asserted that God made him the way he is and that God loves him. By showing love for this man and his homosexual identity, you are not only moving the church in a more modern direction, but also making good on the Catholic values of love and acceptance for all people.

I encourage you to continue to preach the Catholic value of acceptance for all people.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. gen agustsson says:

    lgbtq+ is not a disorder. please help pope franics raise awareness of anti-lgbtq+ hate crime.

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