Pope Francis apologises after dropping homophobic slur

Pope Francis apologies for homophobic slur
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Pope Francis has issued an apology after bishops leaked to the media a derogatory gay slur he dropped behind closed doors.

At an Italian Bishops’ Conference this month, Pope Francis reportedly spoke about opposing gay men training for the priesthood.

He reportedly added that within the seminaries there was already an air of “frociaggine”. In English, the Italian word translates to “f_____ness” or “f______y”.

The meeting was on May 20 and was private, but somebody leaked the Pope’s comment to Italian news outlets.

Anonymous bishops said Pope Francis’ comment left them pretty shocked.

Vaticans apologises

After global headlines, the Vatican has now issued a carefully-worded apology. The spokesperson said the Pope didn’t mean to offend anyone and he’s sorry to anyone offended by a word “reported by others”.

“Pope Francis is aware of the articles that have come out recently concerning a conversation he had with bishops behind closed doors,” the spokesperson said.

“The pope never intended to offend or express himself in homophobic terms. He extends his apologies to those who were offended [or] hurt by the use of a word that was reported by others.”

The Vatican spokesperson said Pope Francis has long said there’s “room for everyone” in the Catholic Church.

But queer Catholic groups said the row exposes the anti-gay attitudes in the Church, which still declares homosexual acts “disordered”.

Meanwhile, Gay Twitter X had a field day with jokes and memes about Pope Francis and the new Italian word of the moment.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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