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CDF official: No link between celibacy or homosexuality and pedophilia

December 13, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: While denying a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “a certain homosexual subculture typical of some clerical groups and present in certain seminaries or novitiates, with the consequent tolerance of active homosexual behaviors, may lead to pederasty.” The priest also criticized the notion that clerical celibacy was a medieval innovation; instead, he said, scholars have shown that it dates from the time of the Gospels.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 14, 2019 2:36 AM ET USA

    In the cited article Fr. Farnos admits that 80% of sexual abuse of minors by priests is male on male and that homosexual priests are 3 times more likely to "commit the crime of pedophilia." I find it interesting that in the CWN editor's note above, Fr. Farnos affirms Cardinal Ratzinger's CDF warning about the dangers of placing active homosexuals in critical life situations such as "employment of teachers or athletic coaches, and in military recruitment." This certainly includes the priesthood.