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Pope Draws Distinction Between Homosexuality and Pedophilia

Jim Burroway

April 15th, 2008

The New York Times reports this morning on comments Pope Benedict XVI made with reporters during his flight to the United States. He talked about the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has affected more than 5,000 victims and cost the church more than $2 billion. He described the scandals as a “great suffering for the church” and for him personally, saying “We are deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible that this cannot happen in the future.”

During the discussion, the pontiff indicated that he recognized the distinction between homosexuality and pedophilia:

Apparently drawing a distinction between priests with homosexual tendencies and those inclined to molest children, the Pontiff said “I would not speak at this moment about homosexuality, but pedophilia which is another thing. And we would absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry.”

This would be welcome news, but the rest of the church appears not to have gotten the memo. In response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal, the Congregation for Catholic Education in 2005 issued instructions barring gay men entering holy orders unless they had “overcome” for at least three years. This led to a virtual witch hunt within many seminaries, while priests faced increasing stigmatization within their dioceses. Meanwhile, abuse victim advocates accuse the pope of protecting nineteen bishops who they say have been “credibly accused of abusing children.”

You can learn more about the fals link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse in our report, “Testing the Premise: Are Gays a Threat To Our Children?”

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CPT_Doom
April 15th, 2008 | LINK

It is also telling that Mr. Ratzinger said nothing about the cardinals, bishops, archbishops and auxillary bishops who conspired to hide the abuse, move abusing priests around (thereby aiding and abetting known rapists), and obstruct justice through witness intimidation and payoffs. Apparently it is okay to criticize the actual abusing priests, but not the men who allowed the abuse to continue for decades.

NG
April 15th, 2008 | LINK

<sarcasm>Gee, thanks for barely setting the record straight about a long-debunked stereotype that has been used against us for years.</sarcasm>

Hunter
April 16th, 2008 | LINK

Considering that it was Benedict, then still Cardinal Ratzinger, who first conflated the two in the context of the sexual abuse scandals and started the witch-hunts, I think this is really a case of too little, too late.

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