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.