.- Los Angeles Times op-ed writer Robert Scheer has distorted the truth about the Catholic Church and homosexuals, says Catholic League president William Donohue. In his recent column, Scheer says the Catholic Church is âone of the most sexually repressed institutions in human historyâ that is responsible for a âhorrific drumbeat of child molestation revelationsâ led by a new Pope who is âa longtime leader of vicious church attacks on âevilâ gays.â Scheer also accuses Pope Benedict XVI of scapegoating the media.
âScheer is wrong on all counts,â says Donohue.
âIt is not the Catholic Churchâs emphasis on sexual reticence that gave us the scandal, it was morally delinquent priests who jettisoned the Churchâs teachings on sexuality,â he says.
Regarding child molestation, Donohue points out that 81 percent of the victims were male, and the majority was postpubescent. He also said 100 percent of the abusers were male, âthus making this a homosexual scandal, not a pedophilia scandal.â
Donohue also corrects Scheerâs statement that the Pope had said that homosexuals are evil. âWhat the Pope said when he was a cardinal is that homosexual behavior is âintrinsically evil,â thus reiterating Church teaching,â states Donohue.
Donohue adds that the Churchâs position on homosexuality is shared by the worldâs major religions, such as Judaism and Islam.
âNot only has the Pope not scapegoated the media, but as recently as Good Friday he drew attention to the âfilth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirelyâ to God,â Donohue says.