At a first impression, Lombardi’s words look almost like a complete disavowal of Bertone’s statement. Unfortunately then Lombardi adds that the “statistical data” mentioned by Bertone were to be seen in the context of the abuses by the priests and not in the context of the “general population”.
This a clumsy back-off which seems to put a remedy to Bertone’s words, but in reality confirms their substance. In other words, the Church still insists on blaming gay priests for the child abuses covered by the hierarchies in the past and thus maliciously confuses once again homosexuality and paedophilia.
Fortunately, the prompt reaction of many intellectuals, members of the civil society and government officials around the world against the words of Bertone has shown that very few are willing to follow the Vatican in this desperate attempt to solve its crisis by throwing muck onto other people. It is a sad tactics of distraction from the real problem at the bottom of all this: the need for a strengthened protection of the rights of all children in the world and for the legal certainty that whoever violates
them will be persecuted anywhere at any time.
Gloria Careaga & Renato Sabbadini
Co-Secretaries General, ILGA
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