Is it any wonder why I'm still a recovering Catholic?
Here's a little tidbit I found in a local newspaper today:
Homosexuality to blame for pedophilia
It is homosexuality, not celibacy, that is linked to pedophilia, the Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Monday on a visit to Chile, seeking to defuse the sex scandal that has battered the Roman Catholic Church.
"Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have shown, I have been recently told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia," he told a news conference in Santiago.
(Source: 24H Vancouver, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, p. 9)
Let's be perfectly clear. There is no direct connection between homosexuality and pedophilia. According to statistics, most pedophiles are straight, not homosexual, although there are some homosexuals who are pedophiles. The terms are not interchangeable.
What disturbs me most about Cardinal Bertone's words is that he continues to perpetuate the stereotype that causes people, who believe what the Catholic church has to say--and there are plenty of those, believe me--to deplore gay men. As long as we continue to have this kind of misinformation put out there, gay men will have to bear the negative and unfair judgements held against them as a result.
I'm angered that the Cardinal, grasping at any explanation for the unforgivable conduct of so many Catholic priests around the world, would attack gay men, and claim that we're the cause of a truly sick disease. But I'm not surprised, considering the Catholic church's historical and unwavering position on homosexuality. The good Cardinal needs to get his facts straight before he flaps his gums about something is obviously knows so little about.
In the meantime, all we gay men can do is continue to live our lives as the best example of who we are, and what we're not. One step forward, two steps back.