This comment does no good for the Catholic institution and the cardinal should be in the very least disciplined for his misguided comments:
A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not ‘a criminal condition’.
The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody ‘who chooses to do something like that’.
Cardinal Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican that elected Pope Francis earlier this week, called paedophilia a ‘psychological disorder.
And just three days into the new role, the pope and the Catholic Church are now faced with fresh child abuse controversy after the cardinal’s remarks.
He 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.
He told the BBC: ‘Don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that.
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