News by email Donate

Suggestions

Pope Francis PA Wirebanner.jpg
POPE FRANCIS SUDAN.JPG
Reuters
World News

University student warns Pope Francis to stop using offensive language against the LGBTQIA+ community

by Lydia Davies

A university student has urged Pope Francis to stop using language deemed harmful to the LGBT+ community following a recent incident where the Vatican issued an apology for a derogatory remark.

Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera, a student from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, conveyed to the Pope the significant distress such comments cause. During a live Building Bridges video panel, which aimed to connect Catholic university students globally, Rivera shared his personal experiences of discrimination due to his bisexuality and family background.

Wearing a rainbow sash over traditional Filipino attire, Rivera said: “Stop using offensive language against the LGBTQIA+ community."

His plea came in the wake of reports that Pope Francis had made remarks suggesting gay men should not be permitted to enter priesthood training, employing an offensive term during a discussion at the Italian Bishops’ Conference.

The Vatican clarified that the Pope did not intend any disrespect.

The Vatican's statement highlighted Pope Francis's stance that "In the Church, there is room for everyone... there is room for everyone, just the way we are," quoting Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See.

Pope Francis did not directly respond to Rivera's comments during the panel but advised through a translator on choosing "true love" over falsehoods.

Furthermore, Pope Francis praised women's resilience and capabilities in leadership and family roles. Recounting an encounter with a female European leader, he admired her "maternal ability" and remarked on women's unique strength in raising families alone – a task he viewed as more challenging for widowers.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate