Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pope Contender, Suggests Gay Priests To Blame For Church Child Sex Abuse

Source The Huffington Post 
By Posted: 02/20/2013 11:05 am EST
Updated: 02/20/2013 5:33 pm EST

Peter Turkson Gay Priests

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, a frontrunner to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, has suggested that gay priests are, in part, to blame for the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church.

Turkson spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last week about possibly taking the papal office. First, the conversation broached possible progression within the Church,specifically an evolution of views on same-sex marriage.

“We need to be true and faithful to the faith which makes a church a church,” he said, “and we need to be true to being relevant in society in fulfillment of the mission of the Church.” Adding, “We may not sacrifice one for the other. So while the Church seeks to be relevant to society … we also need to have a mind on what it is that the Church believes.”

Then, the conversation turned to the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Amanpour asked Turkson if it’s possible the scandal, which swept across the U.S. and Europe over the past decade, could reach Africa.

“Not in the same proportion as we have seen in Europe,” Turkson said. “Probably because African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency. 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. So, that cultural ‘taboo,’ that tradition has been there. It’s helped to keep this out.”

Turkson’s perceived anti-gay remarks were quickly condemned by activist groups.

We hear less about clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Africa for the same reasons we do throughout the developing world — there tends to be lesser funding for law enforcement, less vigorous civil justice systems, less independent journalism, and an even greater power and wealth difference between church officials and their congregants,” a spokesperson for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priestssaid in a statement, via the Daily Mail.

In 2011, a five-year study commissioned by the Catholic bishops of the U.S. revealed that neither an all-male clergy nor homosexuality were to blame for the sex abuse scandal, according to a New York Times report on the findings.

Via NYT:

The report notes that homosexual men began entering the seminaries “in noticeable numbers” from the late 1970s through the 1980s. By the time this cohort entered the priesthood, in the mid-1980s, the reports of sexual abuse of minors by priests began to drop and then to level off. If anything, the report says, the abuse decreased as more gay priests began serving the church.

More boys than girls were abused because priests had more access to boys in parishes, schools and after-school activities, the report also notes.

Still, the 64-year-old Ghanaian cardinal has displayed anti-gay sentiments before,defending anti-gay legislation similar to Uganda’s so-called “Kill the Gays” bill. Turkson has also long advocated on behalf of conservatism. His goal, he recently told The Independent, is to “apply the values of the kingdom of God and the gospel to the social order.”

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4 Responses to Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pope Contender, Suggests Gay Priests To Blame For Church Child Sex Abuse

  1. Garth says:

    If the Catholic Church has the rather antiquated and bizarre rule that priests may not marry and that many seminaries are therefore “men only”, what does this Pope Contender not understand?

    If I am not going soft in the head I also do recall that many female congregants, especially in the USA, have put in claims – and been paid off – against priests for allegedly fondling them at age 11 and lack of sleep, obesity, etc. for the next 35 years.

    I am no Catholic and hold no flag for any organized religion, especially one which is in fact out of step with the very people it purports to represent; I am perfectly happy for people to practice any religion they want to if it gives them a reason to get up in the morning; I am, however, tired of the smugness of people who point fingers and seem to only associate the Catholic church with sex scandals … but having said that, that Christiaan Amampour raised the issue publicly and got the kind of reaction from Turkson that she did, exposes the highest ranks of the clergy for the hypocrits that they are. There must be an alternative for Turkson somewhere in Africa, as opposed to 21st Century Rome?!

  2. This man wants to be the next Pope real bad.

  3. DrinkDeep says:

    Nice try at deflection, but anyone who has followed the “scandals” in Los Angeles knows that there were Many female victims, often young girls who ended up pregnant. The issue here is pedophilia and child trafficking/abuse…something that is abhorrent to both homosexuals and heterosexuals. Sounds like this ‘candidate’ is big on political statements – he’ll get great support in the U.S. from those who are determined to defend DOMA. Considering the rampant AIDS epidemic in Africa (thanks to those western vaccines), it would be more likely that children were brought in through western/european networks – which would add another layer of protection to the clergy. Pure speculation, I’ll admit – but considering all the horrors that have come to light thus far, I’m almost hesitant to find out about what’s still hidden –

    And once again it’s CNN, the ratings bomb, that opens this provocative door to drive up their web traffic and get their name in the spotlight. Amanpour has always been an antagonistic nitwit…amazing how low they’ll go to cause a kerfluffle.

    …and shame of HuffPo too, for stating that he has supported policies “LIKE” Uganda’s Kill The Gay’s bill without clarifying the meaning of ‘like’ – blatant attempt at guilt by association.

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