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Vatican issues apology for Pope’s ‘homophobic’ remark

May 28, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican press office has issued an apology for a remark by Pope Francis, saying that he “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, reported by others.”

The Vatican statement does not confirm that the Pope used a crude term for homosexuals in a closed-door meeting with Italian bishops. But it also does not deny that he used the expression. Matteo Bruni, the director of the press office, said that the Pontiff was “aware” of published reports about the meeting, in which he reportedly used the term while saying that homosexuals should not be admitted to seminaries.

The Vatican statement emphasized that Pope Francis has said: “’There is room for everyone in the Church, for everyone!”

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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 29, 2024 8:12 AM ET USA

    Using a "crude term" for homosexuals while discussing their admission to seminaries leads to the wrong conclusion: that homosexuals should not be admitted to the priesthood out of "hate" for them. Maybe that was the plan, to apologize and say "There is room for everyone in the Church, for everyone!" But in this context, it can be interpreted as "There is room for everyone in the seminaries, for everyone!" Including gays.