Cardinal Bertone is right. Gays are responsible

Apparently gay activists are outraged over comments from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone regarding homosexuality and the Church sexual abuse scandals. It doesn’t take much at all to get activists outraged about anything, given that manufacturing outrage is the raison d’être of anyone calling themselves an activist. But in this case, the outrage (as it usually is) is misplaced. There is nothing incorrect about what the Cardinal said:

“Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia.”

The vast majority of boys, approximately 86%, who are sexually abused are abused by men. That, by definition, makes the act not only an act of pedophilia, but an act of homosexuality. Given that the vast majority of victims of abuse in the Church are boys, and the perpetrators are all men, simple logic tells us that homosexuality is a driver behind the acts committed by the priests. The Cardinal stated there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia. The facts back him up. In my opinion, there is no reason to think that people who choose that lifestyle are not more more likely to engage in other “deviant” behaviors. Perhaps gay activists should worry less about being outraged by people telling the truth and focus on helping address the problem?

But that will not get them any headlines on CNN.

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One response to “Cardinal Bertone is right. Gays are responsible

  1. I’m no activist, so I don’t have any “outrage” over what Cardinal Bertone said, but he, as well as you, are wrong–according to all the accumulated data on the subject.

    According to the two most cited studies (Groth and Birnbaum, 1978 and Dr. Carole Jenny, 1992), when molestation occurs between a male perpetrator and a male child-victim, the perpetrator is “straight” more than 87% of the time. This means that when the offender has sexual relations with adults–or when he thinks about adults in a sexual way–he sees females as the object of his sexual desire. The pedophilia urge is not linked to a homosexual orientation, but rather to a self-identification–that is that the offender’s misplaced sexual desire for children manifests in boys because they remind the offender of himself at that age. Linking pedophilia with homosexuality is simply another example of the Catholic church deflecting blame for its policies onto another group which, it hopes, is more reviled than itself.

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