Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of clerical sexual abuse, told Spanish newspaper El Pais that he spent three days with the pope at the Vatican in April.
The revelation is not against the Catholic Catechism (or doctrine) which states that gay people "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity", but it is very rare for a pope to offer up his viewpoint on the gay question.
"Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter". God made you like this. Without this dimension, it sadly becomes a church of old bachelors, who live in this isolation, incapable of love, incapable of fecundity. "'The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say'".
If reported accurately, the pope's comments mark a distinct break from over 2,000 years of Catholic teaching, which considers homosexuality "objectively disordered" and in contradiction to God's law.
Fr Karadima was an influential priest who was found guilty by the Vatican of sexually abusing young boys in the 1970s and 80s and sentenced to a lifetime of "penance and prayer".
Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBTQ community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.
The Argentinian Pope is no stranger to controversial comments - and he's not afraid to challenge others, or have others challenge him.
On Friday, May 19, 34 of them resigned after meeting with Francis who berated them for failing to address the "criminal acts" of the pedophile priests in their dioceses. "Sin is sin", Francis told reporters in 2016, according to Crux.
The Pope was widely criticised in January when he defended Bishop Barros during a visit to Chile, saying the allegations against him should be classed as "slander" until proven otherwise.
He had been criticised in Chile for his decision to ordain a bishop who is accused of covering up sexual abuse committed by a priest. "Tendencies, hormonal imbalance, have and cause so many problems... we must be attentive. This is what Jesus would do today". "He had a good heart", Pope Francis said.
"It would do a lot better if he would make these statements publicly, because LGBT people need to hear that message from religious leaders, from Catholic leaders", Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, said in a comment.
Pope Francis quotes about women:"We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church, "he said".