South African Roman Catholic clergy and gay-rights activists joined a worldwide chorus condemning a senior Vatican prelate's claims that homosexuality and paedophilia are linked.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone unleashed a storm during a visit to Santiago, Chile, when he said that homosexuality had caused the child sex abuse scandals in the church.
The cardinal, who is the Vatican's foreign minister and Pope Benedict's right-hand man, said on Wednesday: "Many psychologists, many psychiatrists, have demonstrated that there exists no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia, but many others have demonstrated that there is a link between homosexuality and paedophilia." Photo
Following widespread child molestation scandals that recently rocked the Catholic church, the cardinal's statement is bound to deepen the growing gulf between it and a segment of the public. Photo
Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, said the church's "halo has been tilted, if not broken". Read more - By BIENNE HUISMAN – Times LIVE
In deep appreciation to South African Roman Catholic clergy, gay-rights activists, Bienne Huisman and Time LIVE for being a voice of sanity and clarity – extremely beneficial for children, MSK
It's Not About Homosexuality: Blaming the Wrong People for the Sexual Abuse Crisis – by Rev. James Martin, S.J. – The Huffington Post – read more
Victims slam 'blame-shifting' Vatican – AFP - The Sydney Morning Herald – smh.com.au – read more
"No data links homosexuality to child abuse" - Independent Catholic News – read more
Gay priests are not paedophiles – by Austen Ivereigh – guardian.co.uk – read more
Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation – read more
Photos - South Africa
Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed,
well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction
that the most deadly of all possible sins
is the mutilation of a child's spirit.
Flagrant Disregard For All Of Humanity – Being Publicly Demonstrated by Benedict XVI and hierarchy - Failure to Accept Responsibility for Decades of Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups - read more
No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy,
the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!