Aberdeen Bishop addresses ‘blame game’ in abuse

Bishop Peter Moran

BISHOP Peter Moran of Aberdeen has taken a strong stance against recent Vatican suggestions that the blame for the abuse situation lies solely with any one group.

“If the Church says something that is wrong or stupid, even Christian leaders should have the courage to say: ‘No. I disagree with that. You are wrong. That was a stupid thing to say,’” Bishop Moran told the EUObserver. “This kind of abuse is found in all parts of society—in families, in heterosexual situations, in homosexual situations. It is not attached to any of those.”

He made the remarks in response to reports that Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone believed that homosexuality, and not the discipline of clerical celibacy, has been linked to the clerical abuse crisis.

Bishop Moran, 75, made the comments while in Brussels for a meeting of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union. He said that the bishops in attendance were ‘shocked to know that someone in Rome had said that this is a problem of homosexuality.’

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One Response to “Aberdeen Bishop addresses ‘blame game’ in abuse”

  1. berenike Says:

    The bishop’s not read the 2004 report The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Deacons prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, then?

    Table 3.5.5 Alleged Male Victims, Age at First Instance of Abuse by Decade

    Table 3.5.6 Alleged Female Victims, Age at First Instance of Abuse, By Decade

    What’s a “Vatican suggestion” anyway? 🙂

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