Tarcisio Cardinal¨Pedophilia is Linked to Homosexuality¨Betone
Vatican Distances Itself from Cardinal's Assertion That Pedophilia is Linked to Homosexuality
On Monday, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone made statements which attempted to link the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal to homosexuality. Said Bertone: "Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true. That is the problem."The
BBC reports that the Vatican is pushing back against Bertone: HERE
Vatican 'clarifies' cardinal's homosexuality abuse link
¨The Vatican has distanced itself from remarks made by a senior cardinal, who linked homosexuality with paedophilia in the abuse scandal facing the Church. It was not the responsibility of the Church authorities to make 'assertions of a specifically psychological or medical nature', a statement said."
"On Tuesday, the Vatican issued a statement questioning the cardinal's decision to discuss the matter, but also detailing its 'statistical data' on the abuse of minors by priests. Ten percent of the cases referred to Church authorities concerned paedophilia in the 'strict sense' and the other 90% concerned sex between priests and adolescents, it said. Of those, 60% had to do with homosexual acts and 30% with heterosexual acts, it added. Earlier, France - where an estimated 60% of the population are Catholic - criticised Cardinal Bertone's remarks. 'This is an unacceptable linkage and we condemn this,' foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters in Paris. 'France is firmly engaged in the struggle against discrimination and prejudice linked to sexual orientation and gender identity.' In Italy, gay rights activist Aurelio Mancuso accused the cardinal of 'clumsily trying to shift attention to homosexuality and away from the focus on new crimes against children that emerge every day'." HERE
Some Catholic bishops state orientation has no connection to child sexual abuse
¨In an interesting development today the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales issued a statement making clear that in England and Wales, the Roman Catholic church recognizes the sexual orientation has nothing to do with pedophilia. Not surprising, but the timing of the statement is interesting.¨
"To the best of my knowledge, there is no empirical data which concludes that sexual orientation is connected to child sexual abuse. The consensus among researchers is that the sexual abuse of children is not a question of sexual ‘orientation’, whether heterosexual or homosexual, but of a disordered attraction or ‘fixation’.
Many abusers of children have never developed the capacity for mature adult relationships. Instead, their sexual attractions focus on children – boys, girls, or both.
In the sexual abuse of children the issue is the sexual fixation of the abusers and not their sexual orientation." HERE
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