EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): Pope Francis did it again! In a closed meeting, he repeated an Italian anti-gay slur (“frociaggine” – a disparaging Italian term roughly translating as “f—–ness” —) while suggesting gay men shouldn’t be ordained priests.  Maybe Bartholomew should invite him to participate in the (almost exclusively) gay sessions of the Holy Synod in Constantinople? Where he can repeat it freely…  I have a feeling that the Pope who is a highly sensitive politically person (and office) has started to sense a “change in the air” and he is trying to catch the wave of “return to our conservative roots”… Bartholomew and Elpidophoros are asleep in the wheel…

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source – nypost.com

Pope Francis repeats gay slur just weeks after apologizing for using it: reports

Pope Francis repeated a homophobic slur just weeks after he was forced to apologize for using it while suggesting gay men shouldn’t be ordained priests, according to reports.

The pope is accused of saying “There is an air of frociaggine in the Vatican” — a disparaging Italian term roughly translating as “f—–ness” — during a closed-door meeting with roughly 200 priests at Rome’s Salesian Pontifical University on Tuesday, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported.

The 87-year-old Argentine also allegedly suggested that it was better that young men with homosexual tendencies not be allowed to enter the seminary, the reports say.

Pope Francis is accused of using the gay slur during a meeting with priests on Tuesday.
Pope Francis is accused of using the gay slur during a meeting with priests on Tuesday.REUTERS

It comes less than a month after Francis sparked widespread outrage when he apparently used the same offensive term while speaking in Italian in a private meeting with a group of bishops back on May 20.

After the initial firestorm, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni issued a statement saying Francis — who has made outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics a hallmark of his papacy — has long insisted there was “room for everyone” in the Catholic Church.

“The pope never intended to offend or express himself in homophobic terms, and he extends his apologies to those who were offended by the use of a term that was reported by others,” the spokesperson said at the time.

The Vatican’s press office didn’t directly address the latest alleged faux pas.

The pope has received both praise and pushback for his more welcoming policies toward the LGBTQ community.Getty Images

Instead, they pointed to a statement the Vatican had released earlier Tuesday about the meeting with the priests, in which the pope reiterated the need to welcome gay people into the Church and the need for caution regarding them becoming seminarians.

Francis has been credited in the past with making substantial overtures toward the LGBT community during his 11-year papacy.

Some observers of the Vatican, though, have argued his recent mishaps undermine his authority and raise questions about the path he has in mind for the Catholic Church.

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