US bishops asked for delay in the Instruction

US bishops asked for delay in the Instruction

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told the Chicago Sun-Times that US bishops asked the Vatican to delay issuing the Instruction on gay seminarians. They were apparently worried that the timing of the Instruction would make homosexuals think that they were being blamed for the Scandal again.

“We asked them not not to publish it, but to delay it—to wait—otherwise it would color the visitations,” George says. The problem, in his view, was that the document would be released in the midst of official Vatican “visitations” to US seminaries to check, among other things, for “homosexual culture” on campus.

“The document itself goes back almost 10 years. The visitations grew out of the discussions in April 2002 between the [American] cardinals and the [Vatican] curia,” about the sexual abuse crisis in the United States. “We said, ‘If you do this, it will be taken as a commentary on the visitations and we’ll get into this whole business that the gay community is so sensitive to of, ‘You’re blaming us for the pedophilia.’”

Let’s get this straight: the Scandal is not just about pedophilia, but ephebophilia, which is by definition homosexual in nature. Eighty percent of abuse was adult men having sex with teenage boys. Any psychiatrist will tell you that this isn’t pedophilia. The longer the bishops deny this, the longer it will take them to deal with the actual problem at hand.

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Domenico Bettinelli