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Pope Francis tells gay man: 'God made you like that and loves you like that' By Delia Gallagher and Hada Messia, CNN Rome (CNN)A victim of clerical sexual abuse has said that Pope Francis told him that God made him gay and that his sexuality "does not matter." Juan Carlos 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. Describing his encounter with the Pope to CNN, Cruz said: "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." Juan Carlos Cruz, a key whistleblower in Chile's most famous case of clerical sex abuse. The Pope's words would amount to a significant departure from the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, which considers homosexuality "objectively disordered" and contrary to God's law. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told CNN on Monday: "We do not normally comment on the Pope's private conversations." Fernando Karadima, the man who abused Cruz, was found guilty of abuse by the Vatican in 2011. Last Friday, all the bishops in Chile offered their resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day emergency summit at the Vatican to discuss Chile's sex-abuse scandal. In total, 31 active bishops and three retired bishops announced in a statement that they had offered to resign over the scandal and place the issue "in the hands of the Holy Father so that he might freely decide for each one of us."
Murat Bayaral made the proclamation on religious TV in Turkey. His intervention Islamisation of Turkey under President Recep Erdogan. President Erdogan does not have a beard, which raises many questions. By Josh Robbins An Islamic preacher in Turkey launched a scathing attack on clean-shaven men, claiming that they "look like women" and provoke "indecent thoughts". Murat Bayaral's intervention, made on a religious TV channel on 16 December, has highlighted the increasing Islamisation of Turkey under President Recep Erdogan "Men should grow beards. One of the two body parts that separate men from women is the beard," Bayaral said. "For example, if you see a man with long hair from afar you may think he is a woman if he does not have a beard. Because nowadays women and men dress similarly. God forbid! You could be possessed by indecent thoughts," he added. The preacher, who enjoys a sumptuous bounty of well-groomed facial hair, made the comments as Turkey's secular heritage looks increasingly under threat. President Erdogan, who does not have a beard relies on a conservative support base, which is eager to see a muddying of the separation between mosque and state. Evolution was removed from science classes in public schools earlier this year and girls are now allowed to wear headscarves when attending school. Enrollment in religious schools has leaped from 63,000 children to 1,000,000 since Erdogan first rose to power in 2002, Politico reported. "Turkish debates on piety and modesty reoccur frequently," Magdalena Kirchner, a fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center in Turkey, told Newsweek. "Erdogan declared in 2012 his intent to raise 'devout generations,' and former Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc stated in 2014 that women should not laugh out loud in public," she added. Turkish president Recep Erdogan is suspiciously beardless Adnan Abidi/Reuters While Bayaral is a marginal figure in Turkey, Kirchner warned that his statement demonstrated that the government's pious base exerted "bottom-up pressure against [a secular] way of life without having to impose legal constraints." Turkish school are not only being injected with a lot more religious studies, but also a lot more Erdogan studies. The 63-year-old is increasingly competing with Turkey's founding father General Ataturk for space on the national curriculum. The president appears to have consolidated his grip on Turkey after a controversial referendum in April cleared the way for him to transform the parliamentary system into an executive presidency. Mostafa Kemel Ataturk established Turkey as a secular state in the 1920s. However, Erdogan has promised to "raise a devout generation" against the secular establishment. An Iraqi man who fled Isis uses a pair of scissors to trim Odd Andersen/AFP The enemies, real or imagined, of Erdogan's vision for Turkey, are an educated and liberal elite living in Istanbul, who have a taste for alcohol. Preacher Bayaral's claims are a reminder of the widening polarity within Turkish society. The beard is a pressure point for Islamist and Islamophobic policies alike. Militant groups such as Isis have previously forced men living under their jurisdiction to wear beards, while China's authoritarian government has banned men belonging to the Uyghur Muslim minority population from sporting facial hair. Contrary to Bayaral's claim, scientific studies have never shown that men without beards provoke "indecent thoughts". However, several have demonstrated that homophobic men are more likely to be repressing gay desires. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/beardless-men-look-like-girls-provoke-gay-thoughts-says-muslim-preacher-1652159?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=%2Fbeardless-men-look-like-girls-provoke-gay-thoughts-says-muslim-preacher-1652159 MORE