Tarcisio Bertone on gays: grasping at straws

It is commonly said that the best defence is a good offence, but just because it works in football does not mean that it should be a universal strategy. Someone should mention this to Tarcisio Bertone. If you have not heard, he is a big cheese at the Vatican (technically the Vatican’s secretary of state). In a determined effort to once more abdicate responsibility for clerical sexual abuse and the ensuring cover up, Bertone stated last week that:

“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true… That is the problem.”

Truth it is not. Offensive defensiveness might be closer to the mark. The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a certain level of misogyny but in making this statement, Bertone has erased the experiences and trauma of the thousands of female survivors of clerical abuse. Some passages of the Irish Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse from the section dealing with female experiences:

The forms of physical abuse reported by witnesses ranged from being smacked on the hand to being beaten naked in front of others. They described being hit, slapped, beaten, kicked, pushed, pinched, burned, bitten, shaken violently, physically restrained, and force fed. The Committee also heard reports of witnesses having their heads knocked against walls, desks and window ledges, being beaten on the soles of their feet, the backs of their hands, around their heads and ears, having their hair pulled, being swung off the ground by their hair, and made to perform tasks that they stated put them at risk of harm and danger. The locations where physical abuse was most frequently reported to have occurred included dormitories, refectories, landings, corridors, classrooms, churches, offices, kitchens, work areas and recreation halls.

Witnesses reported sexual assaults in the forms of vaginal and anal rape, oral/genital contact, digital penetration, penetration by an object, masturbation and other forms of inappropriate contact, including molestation and kissing. Witnesses also reported several forms of non-contact sexual abuse including indecent exposure, inappropriate sexual talk, voyeurism and forced public nudity. Witnesses gave accounts of being sexually abused both within the Schools and in other locations while in the care of the authorities in charge of the particular institution. They reported being sexually abused in many locations, including: dormitories, schools, motor vehicles, bathrooms, staff bedrooms, churches, sacristies, fields, parlours, the residences of clergy, holiday locations and while with godparents and employers. [source]

This is only a selection of the experience of Irish female survivors from residential institutions run by the Catholic Church. They do not cover the laundries – once a girl was placed in a Magdalen laundry, she spent the rest of her life as a slave – or sexual abuse that took place in non industrial schools, churches and elsewhere.

In addition to silencing women, Bertone equates homosexuality with paedophila, presumably because a greater number of boys were abused by men. However, there are a number of issues here to be considered.

Firstly, there is no evidence of a link between homosexuality and child abuse. No scientific explanation to justify the hate. No sociological quantitative analysis with even a tenuous link. Try as he might, Bertone and his ilk are responding to their own homophobia and the institutionalised prejudice in Roman Catholicism. The RCC spells out its homophobia and misogyny in one paragraph of its official catechism:

…Tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. [source]

Basically, the Church’s position is that any sex not leading to babies is contrary to natural law. The path from “love the sinner but not the sin” to “intrinsically evil” is a short one, especially for the pompous elite in the Vatican.

Another argument put forward to attempt to justify the unjustifiable is that greater numbers of boys are abused. There may be a number of explanations why this is so but I put forward the theory of access.

In general, boys have more freedom than girls. When at play, boys are absent from home for longer. When kicking a football around, boys can be accused of disturbing the peace and be brought into a house to receive a scolding. Altar boys are in close contact with priests throughout the week. In short priests have greater access to boys, though given the opportunity, many paedophiles will abuse children of both sexes. Brendan Smyth of Kilnacrott Abbey in Cavan raped over a hundred boys and girls.

Behind Bertone’s equation of homophobia and paedophila is a hint of victim blaming. It is the insinuation that if those boys, were not so attractive the homosexuals would be able to resist. Feminists have spent years trying to change the commonly held perception that rape is about sexual desire or lust. It is not. Rape is about power. It is about making someone do something they do not want to. It is about force, power and ultimately control. Children cannot consent to any type of sexual act. When a member of the clergy is the rapist, the already significant power that an adult has over a child is increased.

Priests are the arbriters of morality and there are too many parents that accept a priest’s word over a child’s. The rapist is exercising that power through his actions.

Prejudice and hate are Bertone’s watchwords when describing the problem of clerical sexual abuse, in addition to a fundamental ignorance about the dynamics of control.

Benedict is just as culpable as his bishops in covering up clerical sexual abuse. Richard Dawkings may be an insufferable ass, but at least he is calling for criminal prosecution. Technically, the Pope is a head of state and as such it would be difficult to find a court in which to accuse him.

The Vatican is grasping at straws, flailing around for anyone to take the blame, anyone but those that are guilty. A few weeks ago it was the devil that made priests abuse, now it is gay people. It will be interesting to find out who will be responsible next!

Vatican comment on paedophiles draws gay groups‘ anger

The UK’s Stonewall group said it was astonishing gay people should still be dealing with „such an offensive myth“.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone had said homosexuality, not celibacy, lay behind the child sex abuse scandals.

The cardinal, the Vatican’s secretary of state, was speaking in Chile, where his comments were also condemned.

Cardinal Bertone was attempting to defuse the scandals currently afflicting the Catholic Church, which are largely cases of priests molesting children, mainly boys, the BBC’s David Willey reports from Rome.

He added that some „surprising“ initiatives regarding the sex abuse scandal would soon be revealed but did not elaborate.

Visiting the Chilean capital Santiago on Monday, Cardinal Bertone told a news conference: „Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

„That is true. I have the documents of the psychologists. That is the problem.“

Patricio Walker, a Chilean senator who helped draft anti-paedophile laws, said he would like to see what scientific studies the cardinal was referring to because he thought he was wrong.

A Chilean communist MP, Hugo Gutierrez, told AFP news agency: „Celibacy does more damage to a human being than homosexuality, which is a freely made choice.

„I’m shocked by these words from a senior dignitary of the Church.“

In Rome, the head of Italian gay rights group Gaylib, Enrico Oliari, said it was „worrying that the foreign minister of a state that occupies the heart of the Italian capital would use arguments that are considered passe even in the Third World“.

Aurelio Mancuso, former president of a Italian gay rights association Arcigay, said: „The truth is that Bertone is clumsily trying to shift attention to homosexuality and away from the focus on new crimes against children that emerge every day.“

The Pope’s spokesman has indicated that Benedict may have a discreet private meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse in Malta during his visit there this coming weekend.

The Pope should not feel he is under the pressure of the glare of the media if such a meeting takes place, Fr Federico Lombardi said, so that he can listen and communicate with them.

In Malta, 10 men have taken three Catholic priests to court for alleged child abuse in their youth and have asked to meet the Pope. There has been a high incidence of reported cases on the small Mediterranean island, whose inhabitants are mainly Catholic, our Rome correspondent notes.

 Vatican comment on paedophiles draws gay groups' anger

Vatican attacked over cardinal’s claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link

Gay rights groups have condemned the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for claiming that the Catholic church’s sexual abuse crisis was linked to homosexuality and paedophilia and not celibacy among priests.

Bertone, who is considered Pope Benedict’s number two, sparked the controversy on a visit to Chile when he suggested gay sexuality was to blame for the church’s child abuse scandals.

Homosexual associations in Italy reacted with anger and indignation. The biggest group, Arcigay, called the cardinal’s words „shocking and irresponsible“. The president of the gay media service, Gaynet, said if senior church officials „feel constrained to dump the blame on homosexuals, it says a lot about the current state of desperation in the Vatican“.

Gay rights advocates in Chile also waded in. „Neither Bertone nor the Vatican has the moral authority to give lessons on sexuality,“ Rolando Jiménez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation in Chile, told AP.

No reputable study exists to support the cardinal’s claims, said Jiménez added. „This is a perverse strategy by the Vatican to shirk its own ethical and legal responsibility by making a spurious and disgusting connection.“

The cardinal, who is known for his blunt and sometimes tactless manner, made the remarks at a televised press conference in Chile’s capital Santiago.

He said: „Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia. This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms. The behaviour of the priests in this case, the negative behaviour, is very serious, is scandalous.“

In apparent embarrassment, the Holy See’s official daily, L’Osservatore Romano, did not mention Bertone’s remarks in its report on the press conference.

Five years ago the Vatican implicitly linked homosexuality and paedophilia when, following the child abuse scandals in the US, it banned men from studying for the priesthood if they „showed deeply rooted homosexual tendencies“.

But the connection was questioned last year in the preliminary version of a report commissioned by the American Catholic bishops, which is due to be published in December. They said the data they had studied so far did not support a link between a homosexual identity and a higher probability of sexual abuse.

Cardinal Bertone’s remarks in Chile may have been prompted in part by renewed calls in Latin America and elsewhere for the church to drop its celibacy rule. Costa Rica’s president Oscar Arias last week urged the Vatican to „correct that error“.

The church is also under pressure in Argentina, Mexico and other Latin American countries which have ignored its injunctions against granting civic rights to same-sex couples.

Santiago was not an ideal venue for the cardinal’s remarks given that one of the Chilean church’s highest-profile paedophile cases involves a priest having sex with young girls. Despite multiple complaints the church hierarchy kept Father José Andres Aguirre, known to parishoners as Father Tato, serving at several Catholic girls‘ schools in the capital.

Vatican attacked over cardinal's claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link

While Pope Francis rages over inequality, a cardinal builds a penthouse

Of the many things Pope Francis dislikes–his Popemobile, Vatican politicking, seagulls that attack his peace doves–the one that perhaps rankles him most is the world economy.

Francis is no friend of the Austrian School of economics, and he again returned to that message on Monday. It’s not only that he thinks a capitalist model that concentrates wealth at the very top and endows its financier class with fortunes is a bad idea. It’s that he thinks it’s downright abhorrent.

“It is increasingly intolerable that financial markets are shaping the destiny of peoples rather than serving their needs, or that the few derive immense wealth from financial speculation while the many are deeply burdened by the consequences,” he said Monday in comments that were among his sharpest on the subject. “It is important that ethics once again play its due part in the world of finance” and that markets “serve the interests of people and the common good of humanity.”

Francis especially disdains speculation in agricultural commodities. It is “a scandal which seriously compromises access to food on the part of the poorest members of our human family,” he said.

Francis has earned a reputation for iconoclasm on a number of fronts. He broached an unprecedented prayer session this month between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He dumped his bullet-proof Popemobile: “I cannot greet people and tell them I love them from inside a sardine can even if it is crystal.” He called a random Argentine woman to mull matters of divorce and Communion. On homosexuality, he has asked, “Who am I to judge?”

But despite his penchant for making news on other issues, Francis’s take on profligacy and inequality may define his reign. His activism is writ large and small.

While condemning rapacious global businessmen who have done the world’s economy wrong, he is doing the same thing among the clergy. First, he accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst–the Bishop of Bling–who plowed an astonishing $43 million into his posh pad in Limburg, Germany. Then he replaced the scandal-ridden Vatican Bank’s supervisory body with fresh faces. And now, the clash between what Francis describes as “a poor church for the poor” and church extravagance has shifted to a controversial cardinal named Tarcisio Bertone.

The drama, like that which consumed the Bishop of Bling, involves accommodations.

This is where the pope lives: inside a one-bedroom suite in the Casa Santa Marta. This is where Bertone will live: inside an “opulent” apartment between five and 10 times the size of Francis’s home. (Early reports alleged Bertone would move into a 2,300 square-foot flat, but he later denied those claims, saying it was a modest 1,150-square foot flat.)

Bertone’s bastion will overlook the center of Rome, surrounded by a broad terrace that will allow him to survey the Eternal City and the mountains beyond. The cardinal conceded that his perspective digs, which will combine two apartments, are indeed spacious–but necessary. Three nuns, who will do housework, will reside with him. According to the Guardian, he said it was “duly converted (at my own expense) and was made available for my temporary use and, after me, someone else will use it.”

The pope wasn’t biting. The Vatican did not dispute reports that Francis was “furious” when he saw pics of Bertone’s bastion in the European news media, which described it as a “penthouse.”

The timing couldn’t have been worse for Bertone, once the Vatican secretary of state and considered the highest Vatican official. Some even speculated he, not Francis, would be pope. Now allegations have emerged that he mishandled $20 million in Vatican bank accounts.

“We are talking here about suspicious behavior,” Rene Bruelhart of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority said in a news conference. “We are not talking about penal investigations.”

This “is something being studied,” the pope said in response before dismissing some of the Vatican Bank staff. “Maybe it’s the truth, but at this moment it’s not definitive.”

Bertone has denied the allegations. His house, however, is still on as far as anyone knows, despite another big hint from the pope this week:

“You cannot understand the gospel without poverty,” Francis said in an interview with a Spanish paper. “I believe that Jesus wants bishops to be servants and not princes.”

I find this article’s explanation for Benedict’s resignation more persuasive than some of the other explanations I’ve seen.

While Pope Francis rages over inequality, a cardinal builds a penthouse

Pope’s No.2 claims sex scandal in the church is linked to homosexuality not priestly celibacy

The Vatican’s second-in-command has linked child sex abuse by priests to homosexuality.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone denied celibacy was to blame for the sex scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church.

Instead, homosexuality and paedophilia were inextricably linked, the Vatican’s Secretary of State declared.

His comments embroiled the Vatican in another controversy yesterday, with gay rights campaigners saying there was no connection between the two.

Cardinal Bertone made his comments at a press conference in Chile in response to a question about a paedophile priest who had sex with girls, including one who became pregnant. The Chilean priest was eventually jailed for 12 years.

The cardinal said: ‚Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and paedophilia.

‚But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and paedophilia. That is true. That is the problem.‘

Last night gay activist Peter Tatchell, spokesman for the Protest the Pope group, reacted with anger.

‚The Vatican is trying to deflect attention from the sex crimes of Catholic clergy by blaming gay people,‘ he said. ‚This is really sick.

‚The truth is that priests and bishops abused girls and boys alike. There is absolutely no connection whatsoever between paedophilia and loving, consenting adult gay relationships.

‚It shows the depths of dishonesty and homophobia that infects the Vatican at the highest level. The Catholic leadership is morally bankrupt.‘

Mr Tatchell said he had collected 12,000 signatures on a petition on the Downing Street website against Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain in September.

Last night there was no direct response to Cardinal Bertone’s comments from the Vatican.

But the Pope’s spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, referred the Daily Mail to an interview given last month by Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s chief investigator in paedophile cases.

In the interview he said: ‚We can say that about 60 per cent of the (3000) cases (involving clergy being investigated) chiefly involved sexual attraction towards adolescents of the same sex, another 30 per cent involved heterosexual relations, and the remaining 10 per cent were cases of paedophilia in the true sense of the term; that is, based on sexual attraction towards prepubescent children.‘

It has also emerged that ‚very offensive‘ sexual graffiti had been daubed on the house where the Pope was born in Bavaria.

The Catholic Church has been beset by a series of scandals as child abuse allegedly carried out by priests has come to light after being covered up for decades.

Claims of paedophilia have emerged in Ireland, the U.S., Germany, Austria, Holland, Switzerland and Norway.

Pope's No.2 claims sex scandal in the church is linked to homosexuality not priestly celibacy

Obispos sin “olor a oveja” pueden destruir todo el rebaño

ECLESALIA, 16/09/16.- Estos últimos meses estamos escuchando atónitos las declaraciones de un grupo significativo de obispos en una línea muy lejana a la que se esfuerza por marcar el papa Francisco.

Declaraciones contra la igualdad de género o la libertad sexual y actuaciones absolutamente dictatoriales contra algunos sacerdotes que no son de su línea, sin el menor sentido pastoral ni de respeto a las personas, están provocando en no pocos sectores cristianos y de la sociedad civil, verdadero asombro e indignación.

Demetrio Fernández, Obispo de Córdoba ha dicho recientemente que “la igualdad de género es una bomba atómica que quiere destruir la doctrina que profesan y la imagen de Dios en el hombre y la imagen de Dios Creador”.

También dijo que «la Unesco tiene programado para los próximos veinte años que la mitad de la población sea homosexual». Criticaba así la supuesta implantación a través de diversos programas educativos promovidos por el organismo de la ONU de una ideología de género que permitiría a las personas elegir su sexo sin tener en cuenta la realidad biológica y que la fecundación artificial es un “aquelarre químico de laboratorio” o que “la ideología de género destroza la familia”.

Fernández se refirió sobre el anuncio papal sobre la nulidad del matrimonio afirmando que “nadie puede deshacer -ni siquiera el Papa- lo que Dios ha unido por voluntad de los esposos en el sacramento del matrimonio”, intentando ser más papista que el papa y mostrando muy poca consideración y respeto hacia los esfuerzos del papa Francisco por implantar reformas muy necesarias en la Iglesia.

Es muy significativo que los partidos con mayor representatividad en el Ayuntamiento de Córdoba, PP, PSOE, IU y Ganemos, hayan condenado unánimemente las últimas declaraciones de este obispo.

Joaquín María López de Andújar, Obispo de Getafe destituye con nocturnidad y alevosía al párroco Francisco Javier Sánchez, aprovechando que éste estaba de vacaciones.

Es significativa la Campaña en Change org contra el obispo. El propio Consejo de pastoral, disconforme, recoge en 120 folios 3.600 firmas contra su decisión

¿Por qué este cese? “Javi no es un cura al uso, no viste de sotana ni usa el lenguaje eclesial ni tampoco impone reglas estrictas, ni ordena ni chilla, aunque sí puedes contar con su ayuda seas quien seas, hagas lo que hagas y pienses lo que pienses. Todo el mundo le conoce cuando pasea por el barrio, y, lo que es más importante, él conoce a todos los que pasan dificultades reales: familias sin empleo, delincuentes, presos, discapacitados, etc. y todos tienen su ayuda”, apuntan desde la parroquia.

Francisco Javier Sánchez asegura que “me sentí humillado, maltratado y vapuleado, quizás como se sienten muchos trabajadores de cualquier empresa, con la diferencia es que mi empresa se llama Iglesia, comunidad, y el que me lo estaba diciendo no era el jefe de personal de la empresa, sino supuestamente mi pastor”. (Jesús Bastante en Religión Digital)

Casimiro López LLorente, obispo de Segorbe-Castellón abre expediente disciplinario a un sacerdote por bendecir el amor entre dos lesbianas. ¡Increíble!

Juan Antonio Reig Plá, Obispo de Alcalá de Henares, ha hecho declaraciones ofensivas contra los derechos de las mujeres; una de las últimas fue contra el aborto y contra el voto. En la primera compara el aborto con los trenes que llevaban a los deportados a los campos de exterminio nazis.

Reig Pla había levantado polémica al celebrar la misa anual en el cementerio de los mártires de Paracuellos del Jarama junto a una bandera de España con el águila franquista, colocada en el mismísimo altar, y ante la presencia de figuras destacadas de la ultraderecha, como Blas Piñar.

Obispos de Getafe (López de Andújar y Rico Pavés) y de Alcalá (Reig Pla) publican carta conjunta contra la ley de transexualidad que provoca escándalo en gran parte de la sociedad y especialmente en el colectivo de LGTB.

Estas actitudes tan poco en consonancia con las actitudes, palabras y gestos del Papa Francisco chocan por su absoluta falta de sintonía con las necesarias actitudes pastorales que se deben exigir a un obispo. Evidentemente no tienen “olor a oveja”. Pero lo que me parece más grave, parece que forman parte de un no pequeño grupo de obispos y cardenales que en todo el mundo se posicionan contra la manera de pastorear del buen papa Francisco que entre otras cosas dijo:”¿Quién soy yo para condenar a los homosexuales?”. Se enfrentan a él.

Así entre los opositores a Francisco figuran el Cardenal Sarah que quiere volver a la misa de espaldas al pueblo, Gerhard Müller, a quien trajo a Oviedo el arzobispo Sanz Montes; junto a estos, como opositores a Francisco figuran también Angelo Sodano, Tarcisio Bertone, Marc Ouellet, Leo Burke, George Pell, Camilo Ruini, Carlo Cafarra, Giovanni Batista Re, Angelo Scola, Elio Sgreccia, Walter Brandmüller, Antonio Rouco con sus afines de Getafe, Oviedo (que en diciembre pasado expulsó, sin justificación ni explicación alguna, a los 35 voluntarios de Pastoral Penitenciaria de la cárcel de Villabona de Asturias), Toledo, Sevilla, Granada, Pamplona y Segovia, así como Martínez Camino, auxiliar de Madrid. (Cita de Faustino Vilabrille en su artículo “Muy bien, Francisco” en Reflexión y Liberación).

Estos obispos por sus posturas tan retrógradas y tridentinas no sólo no huelen a oveja, sino que pueden terminar destruyendo todo el rebaño.

(Eclesalia Informativo autoriza y recomienda la difusión de sus artículos, indicando su procedencia).

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Homosexuales, el paradigma de la “maldad” al que se aferra la Iglesia católica

Para muchos prelados, los gays siguen siendo sinónimo de “deficiencia”, “anormalidad”, “corrupción moral”, “patología”…

Enfermos, anormales, corrompedores, desordenados, aniquiladores de la humanidad, responsables de pandemias y crisis económicas, propagadores de enfermedades, pederastas… Los homosexuales siguen siendo el colectivo -como antaño fueron las mujeres- hacia el que los prelados católicos dirigen sus báculos más envenenados a la mínima oportunidad.

El último en sumarse a esta legión de sotanas homófobas es el recién nombrado cardenal Fernando Sebastián, quien Sur, que la homosexualidad “es una manera deficiente de manifestar la sexualidad, porque ésta tiene una estructura y un fin, que es el de la procreación”. Sebastián, de 84 años, llega a comparar la homosexualidad con la enfermedad de hipertensión que él padece. “En nuestro cuerpo tenemos muchas deficiencias. Yo tengo hipertensión, ¿me voy a enfadar porque me lo digan? […] El señalar a un homosexual una deficiencia no es una ofensa, es una ayuda porque muchos casos de homosexualidad se pueden recuperar y normalizar con un tratamiento adecuado. No es ofensa, es estima. Cuando una persona tiene un defecto, el buen amigo es el que se lo dice”.

Parece que las palabras del Papa Francisco sobre los homosexuales –“¿quién soy yo para juzgarles?”– aún no han calado entre muchos pastores de su rebaño. Su predecesor en la silla de Pedro, Benedicto XVI, dedicó gran parte de su papado a atacar el amor entre personas del mismo sexo. De ellos dijo que van “en contra de lo que Dios ha querido originalmente”; que la homosexualidad supone “una destrucción del trabajo de Dios” o que la aprobación en algunos países del matrimonio gay socava “el porvenir mismo de la humanidad”. Su mano derecha en el Vaticano, Tarcisio Bertone, fue un paso más allá y directamente relacionó homosexualidad y abusos sexuales a menores.

Precisamente el matrimonio homosexual y los numerosos escándalos de pederastia que se van conociendo desde hace años dentro de la Iglesia Católica han sido aprovechados por curas, obispos, arzobispos y cardenales para atacar la homosexualidad.

Para obispos como el de Ávila, Jesús García Burillo, la ley aprobada en 2005 por el Gobierno de Zapatero ponía “en peligro la educación afectiva de nuestros jóvenes”; para el de Segorbe-Castellón, Casimiro López Llorente, esta reforma del Código Civil acarreaba “notable aumento de hijos con graves perturbaciones de su personalidad” y el “desarrollo de un clima que termina con frecuencia en violencia”. El ex secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal Española, Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, sostuvo que esta legislación fue una “acción de satanás” -además de considerar “desordenada” la conducta homosexual-, y su jefe directo, el cardenal arzobispo de Madrid Antonio María Rouco Varela, que la norma atentaba contra la “razón humana”. Ambos encabezaron manifestaciones contra la decisión de llamar matrimonio a las uniones homosexuales y fueron muy combativos contra esta y otras políticas sociales del Ejecutivo socialista.

Pero, sin duda, el prelado que más se ha significado en los últimos años por su clara hostilidad hacia los homosexuales es el obispo de Alcalá de Henares, Juan Antonio Reig Pla. En abril de 2012, aprovechó una homilía retransmitida por Televisión Española para lanzar un mensaje a aquellos que “llevados por tantas ideologías que acaban por no orientar bien lo que es la sexualidad humana, piensan ya desde niños que tienen atracción hacia las personas de su mismo sexo”. Reig Pla aseguraba que para comprobar esta orientación, estas personas “a veces se corrompen y se prostituyen. O van a clubes nocturnos de hombres [donde] encuentran el infierno”.

El obispo, que preside la subcomisión episcopal para la Familia, también ha defendido que muchos menores “pueden dudar de su condición e identidad sexual […] llevados por una ideología” que se imparte “en las escuelas”. “manual” –Amar en la diferencia– que considera la homosexualidad una “patología” y “una gravísima vulnerabilidad, que por el bien de la persona y de su entorno debemos tratar y combatir”, según expuso el propio obispo alcalaíno en el prólogo de este libro.

La patología, la enfermedad, la contra natura… Ese es otro de los leitmotiv a los que recurre la Iglesia para atacar a los homosexuales desde la época del Nacionalcatolicismo. Durante el franquismo, desde los púlpitos, las escuelas, los medios de comunicación, incluso desde sus asientos de procuradores en Cortes, las jerarquías católicas no cejaron en su empeño de colgarle a los homosexuales la cruz de “peligrosos sociales”, “corruptores de la moral” o “desviados” a los que había que “reconducir” a través de una supuesta “rehabilitación social” que consistía en años de prisión y en ser utilizados como cobayas humanas para experimentos de afamados psiquiatras.

 Desde la década de los ochenta, la Iglesia se encargó de estigmatizar a los homosexuales con el sida -hoy todavía hay quien como el arzobispo belga André-Joseph Leonard considera esta enfermedad como “acto de justicia”-. En la actualidad, los prelados españoles suelen ser más sutiles y se mueven entre la misericordiosa “compasión” con quien “padece” la homosexualidad, como sostuvo el obispo de Segovia, Ángel Rubio, y aquellos que como su homólogo de Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández, creen que hay una conspiración de la UNESCO “para hacer homosexual a la mitad de la población mundial”. Incluso desde algunas cavernas mediáticas se podía escuchar hace pocos días cómo un sacerdote, apologista del franquismo, afirmaba públicamente que el cáncer que padece el concejal socialista Pedro Zerolo -muy activo en reconocer los derechos de los homosexuales- podía ser un “castigo de la divina providencia, que intenta ejemplarizar”. Todo muy cristiano.

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El Secretario de Estado del Vaticano, que recientemente vinculo homosexualidad y pederastia, visitará Catalunya este mes

El Frente de Liberación Gay de Catalunya (FAGC) y el Observatorio contra la Homofobia han pedido hoy a las autoridades que prohíban la entrada al país al secretario de Estado del Vaticano, Tarcisio Bertone, que tiene previsto visitar Catalunya del 24 al 26 de abril, por hacer „apología de la homofobia“.

Bertone negó la semana pasada que el celibato tenga algo que ver con los múltiples casos de abusos sexuales a menores por parte de sacerdotes y aseguró, sin embargo, que sí existe una relación entre homosexualidad y pederastiano desmintió tales teorías. Ambas entidades han pedido al fiscal especial para delitos de odio y discriminación, Miguel Ángel Aguilar, que vete su entrada en España.

„Afirmaciones como las del representante del Vaticano suponen apología de la homofobia y contribuyen al sufrimiento de las personas homosexuales en todo el mundo“, han señalado en un comunicado.

„No se puede tolerar que afirmaciones tan graves queden impunes“

El FAGC y el Observatorio han afirmado además que „no se puede tolerar que afirmaciones tan graves queden impunes“ y han llamado „a la sociedad a boicotear“ la visita de Bertone.

Del 24 al 26 de abril, Bertone será huésped del cardenal de Barcelona, Lluís Martínez Sistach, y está previsto que presida la beatificación del padre Josep Tous i Soler, una ceremonia que se celebrará en la basílica de Santa María del Mar.

Además del Monasterio de Montserrat, Bertone estará en la Sagrada Familia para preparar la visita que el Papa Benedicto XVI hará a la capital catalana para consagrar este templo.


Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone, born 2 December 1934 is an Italian prelate and a Vatican diplomat. A cardinal of the Catholic Church, he served as Archbishop of Vercelli from 1991 to 1995, as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, when Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was Prefect, Archbishop of Genoa from 2002 to 2006, and as Cardinal Secretary of State from 2006 to 2013. Bertone was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003. On 10 May 2008, he was named Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati. Cardinal Bertone served as Camerlengo from 2007 to 2014. In the period between Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation on 28 February 2013 and the election of Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, he served temporarily as the administrator of the Holy See and acting head of state of the Vatican City State. He was considered a contender to succeed Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Bertone came under fire by Antonio Socci, Christopher Ferrara, and others for allegedly manipulating the “third secret” of Our Lady of Fatima. In a 2007 address on the release of his book (The Last Secret of Fatima), he emphasized the more private nature of apparitions, urged caution in accepting them, and said “the fullness of [Fatima’s] message…touches the hearts of human beings, inviting them to conversion and to co-responsibility for the world’s salvation”.

On a visit to Chile in April 2010, Bertone commented on the psychology of child abusers: Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia. Gay rights groups condemned his remarks. The head of one gay rights organization said that for someone of Bertone’s stature “to dump the blame on homosexuals … says a lot about the current state of desperation in the Vatican”.

During an inflight news conference on his return to Rome from the Holy Land in May 2014, Pope Francis confirmed reports the Vatican is investigating charges against its former secretary of state misappropriated $20 million from the Vatican bank. The pope also was asked about reports that Cardinal Bertone mishandled 15 million euro (about $20.5 million) in funds held by the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank. “It’s something being studied, it’s not clear,” the pope said. “Maybe it’s the truth, but at this moment it’s not definitive.”[35] This money was transferred from to a private company, Lux Vide when Bertone was in charge under Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Bertone has reportedly angered Pope Francis with his plans to move into a luxury 604-square-metre (6,500 sq ft) apartment. According to the Italian daily La Repubblica, Cardinal Bertone has undertaken the lavish restructure of an apartment in the San Carlo Palace, a building located next door to St. Martha’s House. The cardinal is combining two apartments, one measuring 399 square metres (4,300 sq ft) formerly inhabited by the head of the gendarmerie and another flat where a Vatican monsignor lived, the article claimed. Three nuns who worked with him while he was Vatican secretary of state are also to live in his new residence. Cardinal Bertone replied that he was renovating the apartment at his own expense and the apartment is half the size reported. He said: “I am personally grateful to Pope Francis for having called me April 23 to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment, of which he had been informed as soon as the article was published”.

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Homosexuality to blame for child abuse by priests[edit]

On a visit to Chile in April 2010, Bertone commented on the psychology of child abusers, suggesting a predisposition between those that are homosexual to engage in child abuse: [28]

Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

Gay rights groups condemned his remarks. The head of one gay rights organization said that for someone of Bertone’s stature „to dump the blame on homosexuals … says a lot about the current state of desperation in the Vatican“. [29]

Homosexuality to blame for child abuse by priests

On a visit to Chile in April 2010, Bertone commented on the psychology of child abusers: [29]

Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

Gay rights groups condemned his remarks. The head of one gay rights organization said that for someone of Bertone’s stature „to dump the blame on homosexuals … says a lot about the current state of desperation in the Vatican“. [30]

Homosexuality to blame for child abuse by priests[edit]

On a visit to Chile in April 2010, Bertone commented on the psychology of child abusers, suggesting a predisposition between those that are homosexual to engage in child abuse: [28]

Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.

Gay rights groups condemned his remarks. The head of one gay rights organization said that for someone of Bertone’s stature „to dump the blame on homosexuals … says a lot about the current state of desperation in the Vatican“. [29]

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