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Adam Rippon thinks Pope Francis’ pro-gay comments are “awesome”

Adam Rippon thinks Pope Francis’ pro-gay comments are “awesome”

Adam Rippon

US figure skater and gay icon Adam Rippon has stepped out in praise of Pope Francis, following reports that he told a gay man that God loved him the way he is.

The Vatican found Reverend Fernando Karadima guilty of abuse in 2011. Cruz was one of the reverend’s victims.

According to the gay man, Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with Pope Francis last week, God doesn’t ‘care’ he’s gay.

Adam Rippon would like to meet the Pope

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But, following the meeting between Pope Francis and Mr Cruz, Adam Rippon expressed his desire to meet the Pontiff.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Rippon said: ‘I think that’s so awesome what the Pope said.

‘It would be pretty cool to, like, meet him one day.’

When asked by the reporter who he thought should attempt to speak to the pope, Rippon replied: ‘I think Gus should do it’

‘God made you like this’

Cruz told Spanish newspaper El País that the Pope said: ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.’

Cruz recalls that the Pope said to him: ‘I want to apologize, in the name of the Pope and the Church for everything you have gone through.

‘I apologize for me, because I was the cause of this situation that caused you so much pain in these last months,’ Cruz recalled.

Widespread abuse and cover up by Chilean clergy

Pope Francis called an emergency three-day summit to address the widespread abuse and cover-up by Chilean clergy.

As a result of the summit, all 34 Roman Catholic bishops offered to resign on Friday (18 May) in response to the country’s clergy sex abuse scandal.

Pope Francis or the Vatican are both  yet to confirm the comments publicly. But a prominent adviser to the Pope, James Martin,  tweeted the story on 19 May.

Pope Francis recently said gays can’t burn in hell because ‘it doesn’t exist.’ He is against same-sex marriage but advocates for civil unions for same-sex couples.