VATICAN CITY - The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it. He was responding to a Vatican cardinal who had rebuked him and accused him of mounting a "blasphemous" political hit job against Francis with his claims. Vigano accurately noted that Cardinal Marc Ouellet actually confirmed the core of his allegations: that McCarrick was placed under some form of restriction during Pope Benedict XVI's papacy because of allegations he pressured seminarians to sleep with him. Open main navigation Watch.
For Benedict XVI, the paedophilia crisis is a crisis of faith
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Banning Gays from the Priesthood. The following article was written by Jeff Israely of Time Magazine. It illustrates the conservative direction the Church of Rome may be taking under the leadership of its new Pontif f. Tucked into the Good Friday meditations for the Way of the Cross ceremony at the Coliseum was a phrase whose bluntness caught many in Rome that evening off guard: "How much filth there is in the Church," he wrote, "and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him! Still, most Catholic Church observers are now convinced that Cardinal Ratzinger, who as the head of the Vatican doctrinal office had been apprised of some of the most heinous cases of clerical sex abuse, was referring to the scandals that have shaken the Church in the United States and elsewhere in recent years. Reports this week that the Vatican is preparing to release a new document barring gays from joining the priesthood may be an indication that the new pope is still making a priority of putting the priestly house in order. Gay priests and others argue that there is no direct link between homosexuality and pedophilia, noting that the majority of offenders are hetereosexuals.
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Investigators appointed by the Vatican have been instructed to review each of the Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for "evidence of homosexuality" and for faculty members who dissent from church teaching, according to a document prepared to guide the process. The Vatican document, given to The New York Times yesterday by a priest, surfaces as Catholics await a Vatican ruling on whether homosexuals should be barred from the priesthood. In a possible indication of the ruling's contents, the American archbishop who is supervising the seminary review said last week that "anyone who has engaged in homosexual activity or has strong homosexual inclinations," should not be admitted to a seminary. Edwin O'Brien, archbishop for the United States military, told The National Catholic Register that the restriction should apply even to those who have not been sexually active for a decade or more.
Former pope Benedict XVI on Thursday blamed the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandals on the s sexual revolution and a collapse in faith in the West, immediately drawing criticism from some theologians. The ex-pontiff, who retired in and chose to be known thereafter as "pope emeritus", said responsibility for the crises rocking the Roman Catholic Church globally from Australia to Europe lay with the fight for an "all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer admitted any norms". Benedict, who was the first pontiff to resign in almost years, said the direct consequence of the s period of counterculture and sexual activism in Europe and America was the "collapse of the next generation of priests in those years and the very high number of laicisations" or priests leaving the Church. Back before his elevation to the papacy in , when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, he headed the Vatican department that investigates sexual abuse. Some theologians were quick to criticise Benedict's analysis of the causes of clerical paedophilia, which appeared to go against efforts by his successor Pope Francis to deal with the Church's global abuse crisis.