Pooves and closet cases: April 2002 Archives

April 26, 2002

Blaming the Pooves

United States: A New York Cardinal has blamed the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church on gays! Monsignor Eugene Clark told his congregation that The tendency to homosexuality is a disorder, not a sin, but the practice of homosexuality is truly sinful, that the United States was probably the most immoral country in the Western Hemisphere and that problems were caused by US society being very protective of homosexuality.

An interesting rebuttal has been penned by William Saletan of Slate Magazine:

The one thing everybody knows about the Roman Catholic Church is that you're supposed to confess your sins. Everybody, that is, except the church's leaders. First they failed to come clean about sexual abuse by priests. Then they failed to come clean about having covered up the abuse. Every time they assured the public that nothing else would come out, something else came out. Now the bishops, the cardinals, and conservative interest groups have a new story. The problem, they say, is homosexuality. If the church gets rid of gay priests, everything will be fine. But the more questions you ask about this story, the more contradictions you find. The cardinals' problem isn't that they can't keep the priesthood straight. The problem is that once again, they can't keep their story straight.

He then looks in depth at four key points on which their new alibi doesn't add up.

Monsignor Blames Gay Men For ScandalThe Guardian, 22nd April 2002; Cardinal virtues, cardinal sins. The hypocrisy of blaming sexual abuse by priests on gaysMSNBC News, 24th April 2002.

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