Taylor Berman at Gawker reports that two of the top candidates to replace retiring Pope Benedict have predictably well-informed opinions about why Catholic priests rape so many children.
Firstly, here's Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, with the suggestion that the Africa did not experience such abuse because its communities do not "countenance" homosexuality:
"African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency," he said. "Because in several communities, in several cultures in Africa homosexuality or for that matter any affair between two sexes of the same kind are not countenanced in our society."
And here's Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, at the heart of the "Vatileaks" corruption allegations, disagreeing with the plainly verifiable fact that homosexuals are no more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexuals.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone...said that some psychiatrists had found a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia. ‘That is the problem,' he said.
Things are going to just get worse for the Roman Church.
Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who is denying same-sex couples marriage licenses in defiance of the US Supreme Court has been married four times. According to U.S. News and World Report, Davis “gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. […]
Britain’s top Catholic cardinal stepped down today after allegations of inappropriate behavior with priests, dating back to the 1980s, became public. Keith O’Brien is an outspoken conservative in the church, describing homosexuals as “captives of sexual aberration” and same-sex marriage as “shaming” the United Kingdom. [NYT]
“Female students at a Catholic high school in northern New Jersey have taken a “no-cursing” pledge at the request of school administrators, though some question why no such demand was made of male students.” [NBC – Thanks, Heather!]
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