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Pope told off by student for using anti-LGBTQI+ language

Written by on June 21, 2024


Pope Francis has been told by a Filipino Catholic university student to “stop using offensive language” against LGBTQI+ people.

Slurs cause “immense pain”, Jack Rivero said during an online video panel with other Catholic university students and the pope.

His comments come after reports that the pope used extremely offensive language against gay men during a closed-door meeting last month with bishops.

He later apologised to those who were hurt and the Vatican says he did not mean to offend anyone.

The pope reportedly said gay men should not be allowed to train for the priesthood, adding there was already an air of frociaggine, which translates as a highly offensive slur.

This has shocked many, as the pope has often talked publicly of being respectful towards gay people.

He recently created consternation among Catholic traditionalists by saying priests should be able to bless same-sex couples in some circumstances and has frequently talked of gay people being welcome in the church.

The forum, which was broadcast live on social media on Thursday, had the theme ‘Building Bridges’ in a region of diverse religions and ethnicities.

It brought together Catholic university students from across different countries.

The student from the Ateneo de Manila University told the pope he has been “outcasted and bullied due to my bisexuality, my gayness, my identity and being the son of a single parent”.

He then called on him to: “Stop using offensive language against the LGBTQI+ community.”

Rivera, who wore a rainbow-coloured sash over his traditional Filipino garment, also asked the pope to “allow divorce in the Philippines”.

Aside from the Vatican, the Philippines is the only country in the world where divorce is illegal.

This is due to a strong lobby against it by the Roman Catholic Church.

The pope waited for all three students in Rivera’s group to speak before giving his replies.

He did not address Rivera’s concerns specifically, but he said through a translator that he was advising Rivera to differentiate true love from false love.

“Always pick true love,” he said.

The pope also told the group that “women are the best people” even if society views them as second to men.

He recalled a conversation with a female European leader, who he said told him that “maternal ability” gives her the edge over men.

“Many women have brought children on their own. A widower can hardly go on their own. A woman, alone, can certainly grow her family. This is the greatness of women.”

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