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Pope Benedict’s number two man blames gays for church’s sexual abuses. Sigh.

April 14

Yesterday, a retired bishop blamed the Jews for the latest pressure on the church over their sexual abuse scandal.  Today Cardinal Tarciso Bertone, now decides to blame the gays!

Bertone, who is considered Pope Benedict’s number two, sparked the controversy on a visit to Chile when he suggested gay sexuality was to blame for the church’s child abuse scandals.

He said: “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia. This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms. The behaviour of the priests in this case, the negative behaviour, is very serious, is scandalous.”

No reputable study exists to support the cardinal’s claims, said Jiménez added. “This is a perverse strategy by the Vatican to shirk its own ethical and legal responsibility by making a spurious and disgusting connection.”

via Vatican attacked over cardinal’s claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link | World news | The Guardian.

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