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Cardinal Turkson: African culture protects against homosexuality

Catholic World News - February 19, 2013

In an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Cardinal Peter Turkson said that Africa has been spared from the worst pains of the sex-abuse scandal because of the cultural forces arrayed in opposition to homosexuality.

“African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency,” the cardinal said. He suggested that the rejection of homosexuality has protected children from molesters.

In a tendentious introduction to the interview, CNN interjects a note that the American Psychological Association has declared that homosexuals are no more likely to molest children than heterosexuals. However Cardinal Turkson’s comment is relevant because the vast majority of cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have involved adolescent boys.

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