Pope Francis Once Again Accused of Using Anti-Gay Slur

Vatican has not commented on the latest report yet
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2024 12:30 AM CDT
Pope Francis Once Again Accused of Using Anti-Gay Slur
Pope Francis cheers at children during an audience with members of choirs from different countries in the Paul VI Hall at The Vatican, Saturday, June 8, 2024.   (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Two weeks after he apologized for using an anti-gay slur, Pope Francis has been accused of using it again. The pontiff was reportedly behind closed doors at a meeting with priests Tuesday when he once again used the slur "frociaggine," which, according to Pink News, roughly translates to the f-pejorative anti-gay slur more commonly heard in English-speaking countries. Italian media reported the pope was bemoaning the fact that, in his view, there were too many gay men training to be priests in Catholic seminaries, but all the Vatican has said publicly is that the pope said the church should use "prudence" in admitting people "with homosexual tendencies" into seminaries. The New York Times reports it could not independently verify reports that the f-word was used during the meeting.

The pope has previously been hailed for "landmark statements in support of same-sex civil unions," per the Washington Post. But while he's called for acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, he has also expressed hesitance in the past about gay men in the priesthood, and during Tuesday's meeting, he reportedly said that while "gay people are good guys [and] have nice paths of faith," they are likely to "fail while exercising their ministry." The Vatican has not commented on the latest reports. Observers have previously argued the pope may not realize the term he's using is considered offensive. (More Pope Francis stories.)

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