Pope uses derogatory term for gays

Pope Francis used a derogatory term for gay sex, “frociaggine”, during a meeting with over 200 Italian bishops on Monday, multiple sources have said.

The word stems from the term ‘frocio’, which translates into English as ‘faggot’.

The Argentine pontiff used it in reference to gay activity at seminaries, saying there was an excess of “frociaggine” in them.

The pope has softened the Church’s line on gays, once famously saying “Who am I to judge?” in relation to them, while maintaining the Catholic dogma that active homosexuality is a sin, while celibacy by gays is admitted.

The Vatican’s recently decided to authorise the blessing of gay couples, while stressing that this means that the Catholic Church is blessing the individual persons and not the union.