Mexican bishop blames ‘eroticism and internet porn’ for clerical child abuse

JUST days after Ratzinger’s No 2 in the Vatican – Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone  – caused outrage when he blamed homosexuals for clerical abuse in the Catholic Church, a Mexican bishop declared that the root cause was, in fact, eroticism on TV and internet porn.

Bishop Felipe Arizmendi, addressing an annual meeting of Mexican bishops near Mexico City, said:

With so much invasion of eroticism, sometimes it’s not easy to stay celibate or to respect children. If on television and on the Internet and in so many media outlets there is pornography, it is very difficult to stay pure and chaste.

He added:

Obviously when there is generalized sexual freedom it’s more likely there could be cases of pedophilia.

The bishop said that loose morals in society had made it difficult to keep seminarians committed to the faith.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

His comments came after the Vatican tried to distance itself from remarks by Bertone, who claimed:

Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia, but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

A front-page editorial in Rome’s left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper headed The Confusion in the Church said Bertone’s comments would end up causing the Church more “harm to itself, not homosexuals.”

Bertone was also criticized by Alessandra Mussolini, a right-wing parliamentarian whose grandfather, wartime Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, sent gays into internal exile.

You can’t link sexual orientation to paedophilia … this link risks becoming dangerously misleading for the protection of children.

ArciLesbica, Italy’s main lesbian rights group, accused the Vatican of using “violent and deceptive statements” to divert attention from its abuse scandal and said Italian parents should consider removing their children from Church-run institutions.

It has now emerged that the Bishop of Tenerife recently sought to blame the victims themselves for paedophile activities of priests.

Bishop Bernando Álvarez said that there were chil­dren who want­ed to be abused.

Bishop Bernando Álvarez

There are 13 year old ado­les­cents who are under age and who are per­fectly in agree­ment with, and what’s more want­ing it, and if you are care­less they will even pro­voke you.

He too sought to link paedophilia with homosexuality, which he claimed was prej­u­di­cial to the peo­ple and to soci­ety, and he warned that we would pay the con­se­quences in the long term.

The bishop later did some back-pedalling in a statement that explained that he did not intend to imply that “an event as con­demnable as the abuse of young­sters” could be justified.

Here is a video proving that paedophilia has been a feature of the Catholic Church for 2,000 years.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ1_aQz6IuU[/youtube]

HAT TIP: Uzza (for the YouTube link)