NewsPope Francis demands stricter seminary screening for gays

Pope Francis demands stricter seminary screening for gays

Pope Francis spoke out harshly against homosexuals in seminaries.
Pope Francis spoke out harshly against homosexuals in seminaries.
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8:18 AM EDT, May 28, 2024

Pope Francis categorically spoke out against the presence of homosexuals in seminaries. These words were spoken during a closed meeting with Italian bishops. The Pope surprised them by using an exceptionally harsh term to refer to gays, claims the Italian portal Dagospia.

Addressing about 200 bishops from the Italian Episcopal Conference, the Pope called for greater scrutiny in accepting candidates to the seminary and stated that there is too much "gayness."

The word he used, according to the Italian portal - "frociaggine," is extraordinarily harsh.

Pope harsh on gays. a change in perspective?

Vaticanists note a radical shift from Francis's well-known statement at the beginning of his pontificate: "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?" to this quoted very unfavourable assessment.

The Vatican has not yet responded to requests for an official comment or reference to the portal's information.

It is recalled that the Church has discussed the issue of more meticulous evaluation of seminary candidates, including their orientation, for years.

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