Vatican: we may be bad, but others are worse

Interesting strategy being promoted these days. For starters, it remains questionable how serious they really are about “cleaning their own house.” The Vatican initially tried blaming the victims in Boston and explaining it away as an American problem. (“You know how those Americans are with lawsuits”, for example.) But of course the problem was everywhere including all over Europe, despite the initial assertions to the contrary. They continue to fight back against it and even in Ireland where they did an extensive study, the church only agreed to the investigation by keeping names out of it.

There’s very little to suggest any honest cooperation on their part which is probably why the new strategy is to shrug their shoulders and say “well yeah, but everyone else is worse.” Great people at the Vatican.

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.


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