A controversial phrase by Pope Francis about homosexuals is leaked in a meeting with bishops

A controversial phrase by Pope Francis about homosexuals is leaked in a meeting with bishops
A controversial phrase by Pope Francis about homosexuals is leaked in a meeting with bishops


ROME.- In a closed-door meeting he had last week with Italian bishops, the Pope Francisco asked them to They will not allow homosexual candidates to enter the seminaries because “there are already too many queers””, as leaked this Monday in the Italian press.

Pope Francis, known for his spontaneity and for using direct and colloquial language, especially when he is in a supposedly reserved and confidential meeting, used the Italian word frociaggine”, which derives from “frocio”, term translatable as “faggot”which is used to speak disparagingly of gays. Something that caused a stir and that, although it was not confirmed by the Vatican Press Room, is considered credible.

The Pope with the Virgin of LujánVatican Press

It was the Dagospia gossip site that was the first to claim that, as “several bishops” had reported, in that closed-door meeting the Pope had said that “in the Church there is too much air of ‘frociaggine‘(fag)’ and therefore the bishops must always “remove all queers from the seminaries, even those who are only semi-oriented.”

He Corriere della Sera and The Republic, who also echoed the topic, stated that the Pope would have said that “there is already too much ‘frociaggine’ (faggot) in the seminaries”, not in the Church, as Dagospia reported before.

As he Corriere della Sera as The Republic They agreed that the Pontiff’s words now put in the dock – for being too colloquial or vulgar and offensive – were pronounced last Monday, May 20. Then, behind closed doors, the Pope and the Italian bishops were talking about a very serious issue, which the Italian Episcopal Conference has been discussing for months: whether or not openly homosexual candidates should be admitted to seminaries.

“And Francis, while reiterating as always the need to receive all people, was very rigid regarding this issue, reiterating his ‘no’, in the face of the openings of the majority of the bishops,” reconstructed the Corriere. “And he said it in his own way, thinking that he was using a colloquial tone and observing that in the seminars ‘there is already too much faggot (frociaggine)”.

Several bishops explained that, more than discomfort, the Pope’s departure at that moment caused some “incredulous” laughter in the classroom, as the gaffe by Bergoglio. “Italian is not his mother tongue, in his family when he was a child they spoke the Piedmontese dialect and It was evident that the Pope was not aware of how offensive this word is in Italian.“, highlighted the Vaticanist of the Corriere della SeraGianguido Vecchi.

Pope Francis attends Holy Mass in St. Mark’s Square during his visit to Venice on April 28, 2024 in Venice, Italy. Simone Padovani – Getty Images Europe

Vecchi recalled that something similar happened to the Argentine cardinal Victor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, when, when presenting at a press conference ten days ago the new rules of the Holy See on apparitions, he used the Italian term “cazzate”, which is a bad word in Italian.

Beyond his refusal to allow them to enter seminaries, in fact, the Pope was never derogatory towards homosexuals but quite the opposite (“Who am I to judge a gay,” he said, at the beginning of his pontificate) and he always surprised by his openness to the LGTBQ+ community, whom he received several times at the Vatican and to whom he always told that God loves each person just as they are.

Aside from the semantic commotion, the line of the Catholic Church always went back to a 2005 “instruction” from the Congregation for Catholic Education “about the criteria of vocational discernment regarding persons with homosexual tendencies in view of their admission to the seminary and sacred orders”. That text, from the time of Benedict XVI, which was ratified by Francis in 2016, established that the “Church, while deeply respecting the people in question, cannot admit those who practice homosexuality, present deeply rooted homosexual tendencies or support the so-called gay culture”. This is a definition that, however, generated ambiguity: how can one measure whether “homosexual tendencies” are “deeply rooted”?

According to reports, the Italian bishops approved in November, during an assembly held in Assisi, a text to regulate admission to seminaries, entitled “Ratio formationis sacerdotalis”, which has not yet been published because it awaits the approval of the Holy See. . This maintains the distinction between homosexual orientation and so-called “deep-rooted tendencies.” That is to say, allows a homosexual to enter the seminary as long as he ensures, like a heterosexual, that he will know how to maintain the discipline of celibacy, explained the Corriere della Serawho stressed that this is something more difficult for homosexuals since they will find themselves living for years in a male community.

But Pope Francis disagreed because “he has a more radical vision” and for him, to avoid problems of this type, Homosexual people should not be admitted directly.

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