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Scottish bishop: Cardinal Bertone’s remarks on homosexuality ‘stupid’

April 19, 2010

A Scottish bishop has offered strong public criticism of the Vatican secretary of state’s recent remarks linking the clerical abuse scandal to homosexuality.

“If the Church says something that is wrong or stupid, even Christian leaders should have the courage to say: ‘No. I disagree with that. You are wrong. That was a stupid thing to say,’” said 75-year-old Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen. “This kind of abuse is found in all parts of society-- in families, in heterosexual situations, in homosexual situations. It is not attached to any of those.”

Bishop Moran, who was present along with 20 other bishops in Brussels for a meeting of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, added that the bishops in attendance were “shocked to know that someone in Rome had said that this is a problem of homosexuality.”


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Apr. 20, 2010 8:51 AM ET USA

    Unfortunately Bishop Moran is more afraid of the thought police running rampant in the EU (ie, hate crimes) than he is with the truth. Thank God he will retire soon.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Apr. 19, 2010 9:48 PM ET USA

    It IS a homosexual problem, and the proof is on the internet, if you can stand to look. I made it my business to find out about it to protect my sons, now grown, and other children. A huge prportion of gay porn deals with "twinks", the gay world's name for boys, not children, but in the 12 to 18 yr old age group, and the seduction thereof. There is also quite a bit of incest material concerning dads and uncles with family members that age. Remember NAMBLA- N. Amer. Man/Boy Love Assoc.

  • Posted by: Mack - Apr. 19, 2010 5:27 PM ET USA

    Ridiculous. He's about to retire and cannot be pulled back into line. I wonder how many of the small minority of non male abuse cases actually concern other types of abuse (violence rather than sexual abuse). I would imagine it to be high and the prepetrators to be people other than priests. I have never ever heard of a hetrosexual priest committing one of these abuses. This type of victim is not female. The bishop should be more aware of the crisis. They are all gay.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 19, 2010 1:45 PM ET USA

    This subject hits way too close to home for a large number of clergy. It's no wonder they get squirmish.

  • Posted by: Saved by Grace - Apr. 19, 2010 9:22 AM ET USA

    Well it is not PC to say, but where not 80% of the abuse cases in US male on male? If that is not a homosexual problem there is not a problem! Homosexuality is a disorder. It should not surprise anyone that this disorder causes problems. Abusive behavior tends to be statistically higher for this sexual disorder.

  • Posted by: adamah - Apr. 19, 2010 9:03 AM ET USA

    Yeah, they were as "shocked" as the police inspector in the movie "Casablanca."