“While h@mosexuality does not cause predatory behavior, and most g@y priests are not molesters, most of the molesters have been g@y.” Critics suggest that such remarks say more about the Church’s history and the Vatican’s attempt to distance itself from the current crisis. “The truth is that Bertone is clumsily trying to shift attention to h@mosexuality and away from the focus on new crimes against children that emerge every day,” said Aurelio Mancuso, former president of an Italian g@y rights group, in response to the Vatican official’s statement.
Thomas Plante, a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University in California, said the concern about gay priests likely starts with the Church’s basic view of h@mosexuality. “The Catholic Church sees h@mosexuality differently than the mental health community,” he said. “It’s not a disorder and we’re pretty adamant about that.”
The Church describes homosexuals as “objectively disordered,” though it states h@mosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” It also calls on h@mosexuals to live a life of chastity. Prof. Plante also noted a 2005 Vatican instruction that discouraged the ordination of men with “deep-seated h@mosexual tendencies.” The instruction said those tendencies “gravely hinder [h@mosexuals] from relating to men and women.”
Prof. Plante helps the Catholic Church screen candidates for the priesthood and has interviewed more than 600 men over the past 20 years as well as dealing with abusive priests. “Before 2005 I would ask candidates their orientation to make sure they had a healthy psycho-s@xual development, to see if they were mature enough,” Prof. Plante said. “Now we don’t ask because some seminaries will reject them for being g@y.”
He said there is no scientific proof that homosexuals have more trouble remaining celibate than heterosexuals. And the one aspect he agreed with Cardinal Bertone is that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia. “Just because someone is celibate doesn’t make little kids appealing,” Prof. Plante said. “I’ve talked to a lot these abusers and it comes down to who they have contact with and whose trust they can gain. It’s not a g@y problem and if you get the g@ys out this situation the problem won’t go away.”
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