While some have hailed Francis' alleged comments as an open acceptance of homosexuality by the head of the Catholic church, it is possible, if Cruz's claim is true, Francis meant to distinguish between God's love for Cruz as a person and God's stance toward Cruz's homosexual acts.
In 2015, Pope Francis met with a Spanish transgender man Diego Neria at the Vatican.
Cruz was one of three Chilean victims who were invited by the pope to Rome this month in the wake of a scandal in Chile over priestly sexual abuse and efforts by the Church hierarchy there to hush it up.
In a press conference after the stay, Cruz said: "I spoke for more than two-and-a-half hours with Pope Francis".
A Vatican spokesman declined to comment, telling CNN that they do not "normally comment on the pope's private conversations".
The "viri probati" proposal has been around for decades, but drawn fresh attention under history's first Latin American pope thanks in part to his appreciation of the challenges facing the church in places like Brazil, a huge Catholic country with an acute shortage of priests.
In 2013 Pope Francis said "who am I to judge" when asked about gay persons.
Whether off the record or on, these Pope Francis gay comments are a huge step in the Catholic Church's evolution of fully accepting homosexuality.
"Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law".
The Pope is viewed by Catholics as God's representative on earth.
Gaining a renewed and deeper understanding of Mary's nurturing and caring side is something he said the Church, especially in today's climate, could certainly use. We are called to follow Christ's teachings within His church to embrace Christ and find redemption for our shortfalls, whatever they are. "Tendencies, hormonal imbalance, have and cause so many problems... we must be attentive".
And in 2016, he officially suggested a softening of the Catholic Church's reception of LGBTQ+ people in a letter titled, "The Joy of Love", writing, "We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration".
Abuse survivor Marie Collins told the Irish Times on Friday that allowing Chile's bishops simply to resign "doesn't appear like justice to me". Cruz and other activists want to see the bishops removed, and Francis' credibility is on the line ... in that story, anyway.