Catholic cardinal claims paedophilia is NOT a crime


Catholic cardinal claims paedophilia is NOT a crime

Archbishop Wilfrid Fox Napier says it should be treated as ‘an illness’

By JACK LOSH

Published: 4 hrs ago
Controversial ... Catholic Archbishop of Durban Wilfrid Fox Napier

Controversial … Catholic Archbishop of Durban Wilfrid Fox Napier

THE new Pope faces more child sex abuse controversy after a cardinal today  branded paedophilia an illness NOT a crime.

Catholic Archbishop of Durban Wilfrid Fox Napier defended paedophiles who had  been abused as children, saying they were not criminally responsible for  their actions as somebody “who chooses to do something like that”.

The South African – among the 115 cardinals at the Vatican who elected Pope  Francis earlier this week – called paedophilia a “psychological disorder”.

Speaking out just days after the papal conclave, Cardinal Napier said: “What  do you do with disorders? You have got to try and put them right.

“If I as a normal being choose to break the law knowing that I am breaking the  law, then I think I need to be punished.

“From my experience paedophilia is actually an illness, it is not a criminal  condition, it is an illness.”

The cardinal spoke of two priests he knew who were abused as children and went  on to become paedophiles.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he added: “Don’t tell me that those people are  criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that.

“I don’t think you can really take the position and say that person deserves  to be punished when he was himself damaged.”

The cardinal’s inflammatory comments come just three days after Pope Francis  took up his new role.

Barbara Dorris, from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and was  abused as a child by a priest, hit back at the remarks.

She said: “If it is a disease that’s fine, but it’s also a crime and crimes  are punished, criminals are held accountable for what they did and what they  do.

“The bishops and the cardinals have gone to great lengths to cover these  crimes to enable the predators to move on, to not be arrested, to keep the  secrets within the church.”

Cardinal Napier has made controversial statements before, maintaining that  people should not use contraceptives to stop spreading HIV, but rather  abstain from sex.

 

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on March 16, 2013, in Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pedophile, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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