《中英對照讀新聞》Pope Francis tells gay man: ’God made you like that’ 教宗告訴男同志「天主讓你如此」
A Chilean man who suffered clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him that way, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Abuse victim Juan Carlos Cruz told El Pais that Pope Francis had told in a private conversation: "The fact that you are gay does not matter. God made you this way and loves you this way, and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you this way, you must be happy the way you are."
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. The man was found guilty of abuse by the Vatican in 2011.
The Vatican declined to comment on the report but, if confirmed, it would be a striking statement of tolerance towards homosexuality. Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict, wrote in 2005 that homosexuality was "a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil".
clerical：形容詞，神職人員的，辦公室工作的。例句：Iran is considered that a clerical regime with ambitions.（伊朗被視為有野心的神職人員政權。）
striking：形容詞，驚人的，顯著的。例句：There are striking similarities between the two cases.（兩起案例之間有著驚人的相似之處。）
intrinsic：形容詞，內在的，本質的，固有的。例句：Equality is the intrinsic value of democracy.（平等是民主固有價值。）