Homosexuality, not celibacy, linked to pedophilia, says Vatican #2

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2010
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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a news conference in Santiago April 12, 2010/Ivan Alvarado

It is homosexuality, not celibacy, that is linked to pedophilia, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said on Monday, seeking to defuse the sex scandal that has battered the Roman Catholic Church.

On a visit to Chile, Bertone, dubbed the Deputy Pope, also said Pope Benedict would soon take more surprising initiatives regarding the sex abuse scandal but did not elaborate.

“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia,” he told a news conference in Santiago.

“This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms,” he said. “The behavior of the priests in this case, the negative behavior, is very serious, is scandalous.”

Bertone’s visit to Chile comes as the Catholic Church has been buffeted by scandals concerning sexual abuse of children — most of them boys — by priests. There also have been allegations of cover-ups and even that the Pope mishandled cases when he was a bishop in Germany and a Vatican official before his election in 2005.

What do you think of this? Is homosexuality to blame for pedophilia? Or did the Catholic Church ordain too many men who were sexually immature and fatally attracted to children at their emotional level?

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“Is homosexuality to blame for pedophilia? Or did the Catholic Church ordain too many men who were sexually immature and fatally attracted to children at their emotional level?”

These are not mutually exclusive. There is a certain power dynamic at work in all sexual relationships, but apparently more intensely in adult homosexual ones partly because you have two males instead of one. Gay fashion designers are notorious for preferring waifish/boyish models, and as Johann Hari (himself gay) pointed out there’s some sort of link between these gay perfectionist tendencies and fascism. Jorg Haider’s lover was much younger than him, Nick Griffin apparently sought out a relationship with a much older man, and Pym Fortuyn fondly recalled being molested by a soldier when he was 5 years old. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-har i/the-strange-strange-story_b_136697.htm l

So, I think it’s worth investigating further what the nature of the link is, but I wouldn’t say it’s so simple and direct as “homosexuality to blame for pedophilia”; I’d tentatively say they are both offshoots of a similar dynamic.

Posted by Jalaluddin | Report as abusive

I thought the problem was a lack of response in a timely fashion to criminal behavior.

Posted by Tallangel | Report as abusive

Touché, Tallangel — that’s the part they don’t want to talk about. It’s fascinating to see how many red herrings there are in this story.

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It boggles the mind to think that anyone ever looked to these clowns for moral guidance.

Posted by oisin | Report as abusive

I agree totally

Posted by Story_Burn | Report as abusive

Entering the priesthood used to be seen as a career opportunity. Boy, did they ever get that backwards.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

I spend 17 years as a student in US Catholic schools, K-College. Ask ex-seminarians from the past 50 years what they saw and experienced. The minor/major seminary system, with a ready supply of 14 to 15 year old boys, is to blame for the ravenous cycle of abuse, shame and silence. The violated pre-pubescent becomes the guilt ridden predator, a priest, a pastor, a rector then a bishop. Homosexuality has nothing to do with it…Put a polygraph on the #2 Vatican source and ask when he had his first sexual experience and if a female was in the room (or on the campus). Heredity or environment? Most priests who serve the Church are honorable, loving men. The are also survivors. The Church should foster a more natural environment for its priests. Recruit them as grad students and let them marry. Amen

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The Church seems to have lost its bearings as it lashes out at the world for its own evil behavior. They beat and abused children, just like many other organizations did years ago but they never advanced in the world and this is what happens, they are trying to instill more hatred for Homosexuals to divert the light from the inherent evil at the Vatican.

Why don’t they mention some facts they are true, one is that even though the Priests have abused children it happens at three times the rate outside the Church.

Instead of spewing hate the Pope could be helping to solve a terrible problem, the victimization of children, what a missed chance to become relevant.

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