Pope Francis made some people very happy, and some people very mad, when he reportedly told a gay man that “we are all God’s children.”
Christophe Trutino claims that he talked the Pope on the phone earlier this month about his homosexuality. Trutino said that he had written the Pope a letter and that he was surprised to receive a call from Pope Francis.
Trutino claims that the Pope said: “I received the letter that you sent me. You need to remain courageous and continue to believe and pray and stay good. Your homosexuality. It doesn’t matter. One way or another, we are all children of God. This is why we must continue to be good.”
Father Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, denied that the Pope ever made the phone call.
Lombardi said: ‘The Pope never called this person… The only time the Pope has called France was to speak to Cardinal Barbarin. I absolutely deny this information.”
So did Trutino just make up a story. Lombardi believes that a Pope impersonator may have been responsible for the call.
Lombardi said: “There is always the risk that people pretend to be the pope over the phone.”
It’s unclear if Pope Francis actually called Trutino but the message does ring true. After all, the Pope did say earlier this year that people shouldn’t judge others for being gay.
The Pope said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
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