As a fellow pope, I’d like to chastise Mr. Francis for using homophobic slurs in Italian.

If you do that, you should be doing it in Latin, not Italian!

The words you’re looking for are “pathicus, pathici” (which basically means “bottom”: literally it means “someone who gets buttfucked”) or “cinaedus, cinaedi” (which means “cocksucker”, more or less).

Anyway, come on. The Church has standardized on Latin for 17 centuries, don’t go insulting homosexuals in mere Italian.