JOHN ALLEN of The National Catholic Reporter is reporting it as introducing the use of “gay”.
“But, actually, Judy, it was another bit of vocabulary that I was more struck by. I actually — I have not done a formal keyword search on this point, but I have been paying attention to popes for a long time. I can’t recall a previous time that a pope actually used the word gay.”
Well, there’s already been proof on this thread that it was used many times before that. But, hey, I don’t want to get in the way of you using a viciously anti-Catholic source.