The Vatican's second-highest authority says the sex scandals haunting the Roman Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality and not celibacy among priests.This is from the number two man at the Vatican!
–Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state
I hope it goes without saying with my readers, but I'll say it anyway, that first and foremost, he is wrong. There is and has never been any credible scientific evidence supporting this claim. It's pure BS, noise designed to distract us from the real root of the Roman Catholic pedophilia horror: celibacy.
The other day, I asked the question, "Why can't just one pedophile priest admit, 'I'm guilty, I'm sorry'"? The Roman Catholic Church could help so many people and start putting this scandal behind them if they'd just admit their faults, without any hesitation or backpedaling.
Instead, every time the Vatican does something right, like telling bishops to turn pedophile priests over to the law, the very next day they completely blow any credibility they might have gained when some senior official makes another asinine declaration like this one.
They need to learn what I learned in Kindergarten: How to apologize. A good apology has three critical elements: You made a mistake, you regret it, and it won't happen again. Anything else, especially when you try to divert blame, falls flat.
And the Roman Catholic Church's apologies are so flat I don't think you could measure their thickness with a micrometer.