Pope Francis under fire again for using homophobic slur

1 month ago 19

NEW DELHI: The

pope

has once again been reported using a highly

disparaging word

against

gay people

, for which he had previously

apologized

last month, according to ANSA news agency on Tuesday.
Italian media

attributed to the pope the use of the word "

frociaggine

," a vulgar Italian term roughly translating as "faggotness," during a closed-door meeting with Italian bishops on May 20.

ANSA reported that Pope Francis repeated the term on Tuesday during a meeting with Roman priests, stating that "there is an air of faggotness in the Vatican," and suggesting that young men with

homosexual tendencies

should not be allowed to enter the seminary.
In response to the latest report, the Vatican's press office referred to a statement issued regarding Tuesday's meeting, in which the pope reiterated the importance of welcoming gay people into the Church while urging caution regarding their admission to seminaries.
Following the initial report of his use of the offensive word, Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted unnamed bishops present in the room, suggesting that the pope, being Argentine, might not have realized the offensiveness of the Italian term used.
Despite previously being credited with making substantial overtures towards the LGBT community during his 11-year papacy, Francis' recent missteps have raised concerns among observers of the Vatican about his authority, convictions, and the reform path envisioned for the Church.