The Vatican is miffed that they’re the ones getting all the attention for sexual abuse.
In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.
The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that “available research” showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.
He also quoted statistics from the Christian Scientist Monitor newspaper to show that most US churches being hit by child sex abuse allegations were Protestant and that sexual abuse within Jewish communities was common.
To deflect the criticism by pointing out that other religions have their own problems is both infantile and irrelevant: just because someone else has the problem doesn’t make it any less horrific, nor does it take away the obligation on the part of the Vatican to deal with it in a mature manner.
It goes without saying that trying to get away from the issue by distinguishing between paedophilia and gay men attracted to adolescents is disgusting: an adult — gay or straight — having sex with a minor, regardless of whether they’re 11 or 17, is rape, pure and simple. No excuses.
When all else fails, blame the other guys, and throw in the Jews for good measure. Sheesh.