Vatican distances itself from top prelate`s gay remarks
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 20:52
Vatican City: The Vatican on Wednesday distanced itself from remarks by a top prelate linking paedophilia to homosexuality, saying "psychological or medical" assertions are not in the remit of Church officials.

"Church authorities do not deem it part of their responsibility to make general assertions of a specifically psychological or medical nature," the Vatican said in a statement.

Vatican number two Tarcisio Bertone said Monday: "Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated there exists no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia, but many others have demonstrated... that there is a link between homosexuality and paedophilia."

The statement went on to note that the Roman Catholic Church has "statistical data" on the abuse of minors by priests on the basis of cases referred to Vatican authorities.

Ten percent of the cases concerned paedophilia in the "strict sense" and the other 90 percent concerned sex between priests and adolescents, the statement said.

Of those, 60 percent had to do with homosexual acts and 30 percent with heterosexual acts, it said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 20:52

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