Pope apologizes for anti-gay slur


Published: 2024-05-28 16:39

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 22:23

Pope apologizes for anti-gay slur
Pope apologizes for anti-gay slur

Pope Francis issued an apology on Tuesday after reportedly using an Italian vulgar term used to refer to gay people.

The term used was “frociaggine” – which roughly equates to the F-slur used to describe gay men in the English language

"The pope never intended to offend or express himself in homophobic terms, and he extends his apologies to those who felt offended by the use of a term, as reported by others," the Vatican said in a statement.

“As he (Pope Francis) has said on several occasions, ‘in the Church there is room for everyone, everyone! No one is useless, no one is superfluous, there is room for everyone. Just as we are, everyone,’” the statement added.

The alleged offensive remark was reportedly made in a closed-door meeting with Italian bishops on May 20 – two sources told NBC.

The discussion was centered around the issue of admitting homosexual men into seminaries – a college that trains students to be priests, rabbis, or ministers.

Pope Francis said that gay men should not be allowed to train in seminaries as priests.