VATICAN CITY, ROME — (05-28-24) — Pope Francis garnered major backlash after it was leaked that he used a highly derogatory term of ‘faggotry’ in regards to the LGBT community. The remark was reportedly made in a closed-door meeting with Italian bishops, where they were all in agreement that gay people should not be allowed to become priests, Italian media reported on Monday.

La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest newspapers, both quoted the pope as saying seminaries, or priesthood colleges, are already too full of “frociaggine”, a derogatory term in Italian that roughly translates as “faggotness”.

Francis, who is 87, has been credited with leading the Roman Catholic Church into taking a more open approach towards the LGBT community. His famous comment back in 2013 of “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”, is still discussed 11 years later.

He also made history in 2023 when he allowed priests to bless members of same-sex couples, triggering immediate conservative backlash.

After the backlash, Pope Francis has officially apologized to anyone who took offense at a term used to describe behavior at Catholic seminaries.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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