Vatican Apologizes for Pope’s Gay Slur

The Vatican formally apologized on behalf of Pope Francis, who was reported to have uttered a homophobic slur last week in a private meeting concerning the Catholic Church’s ban on homosexual priests.

The pope, according to Italian media outlets, told Catholic bishops that gay men in Vatican seminaries should not be allowed to become priests, noting there was already enough “frociaggine” in the air. The word roughly translates to “f*****ry.”

“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,” Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni said on Tuesday.

“As he [the Pope] has stated on more than one occasion, ‘In the Church there is room for everyone, everyone! Nobody is useless or superfluous, there is room for everyone, just the way we are,’” Bruni added.

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