There is no question the issue of sexual abuse is a key factor confronting the Catholic Church due to numerous cases involving members of the clergy. Sexual abuse is found in virtually every segment of society, which then necessitates organizations to examine their own culture or organizational structure for answers in how to handle the issue. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was in Chile giving a presentation when he launched into a rather unusual approach to sexual abuse. “Many psychologists,” he told the audience, “have shown there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia…. but there is a relationship between homosexuality and paedophilia.” He was immediately attacked by Chile gay leader, Rolando Jimenez who commented, “Neither Bertone nor the Vatican has the moral authority to give lesons on sexuality.”
During the 1960s there was a famous song about how all ills in the world could be solved by ” blame it on the Stones.” Apparently, the Vatican believes when in doubt, punt in the direction of gays. If the Vatican confronted the issue, it might gain stature rather than prolonging the conflict.
Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Roman Catholic bishops concerning the recent controversy that was sparked when he readmitted British Bishop Richard Williamson back to the church only to spark a world wide controversy over the Holocaust denier views of the bishop. He admitted the Vatican failed to do its job of checking facts and knowing about the Holocaust views of
Williamson and at least having serious conversations with the man prior to announcing he was being readmitted to the church. Of course, this was only one of several recent incidents in which it appears there is a lack of serious and comprehensive investigation prior to making statements.
No one believes that Pope Benedict is a Holocaust denier, but failure to adequately understand the views of Bishop Williamson resulted in the present controversy. Is one of the problems the lack of differing views among those in the Vatican which can lead to the lack of someone yelling the emperor is without clothes? Perhaps, it is time for the conservative Pope Benedict to include more liberal views among those who daily interact with him on issues.