Archbishop Silvano Tomasi didn’t exactly lie, but he did pad his statistics in an attempt to blame homosexuals for the abuse of minors. Naturally the new media, in this case LifeSiteNews, is curiously incurious. A “secularist group” is putting on the pressure, though:
The statement comes in the wake of accusations at the UN Human Rights Council, which published a written statement by a secularist group, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), alleging that the Vatican was responsible for the proliferation of sexual abuse cases involving Catholic priests. The IHEU accused the Church of a failure to honor obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Roy Brown from the IHEU:
The Holy See has been heavily implicated for decades in covering up cases of child abuse carried our by its clergy and religious orders, in obstructing justice, and in failing to deal appropriately with abusers.
Yet for too long it has been given a free ride by the international community because of its presumed moral leadership. Our report is the first to bring the issue to the attention of the Council. We shall be referring to our report in the plenary of the Human Rights Council next week.
It’s a tough pill to have non-religious groups hounding the Church on an important ethics issue. Archbishop Tomasi doesn’t seem to get it. The problem is not the abuse perpetrated by individuals themselves. As the LSN article notes, other churches and organizations have problem members. The Catholic problem, as revealed in 2002, was the complicity of bishops in the sinful behavior. Institutional mismanagement … on a tragic scale. Archbishop Tomasi’s response: other groups are just as bad as we are, and besides: it’s all about gays anyway.