The Vatican has responded to the Ryan report. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, its observer to the UN, issued a statement yesterday. This would have been a good time for the head of the Catholic church to declare its crimes and ask what it could do to make amends.
Instead, it has chosen to defend the indefensible.
This, according to the Guardian, is the thrust of its statement:
1) Only 1.5% to 5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child abuse. So that’s only around x million child abusers.
2) Child abuse goes on in other religions too, which makes it okay.
3) And, in fact, there are loads of paedophiles who are not ministers of any religion.
4) Anyway, the Catholic priests who abused children aren’t paedos, they just have a thing for teenage boys: ‘Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90% belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17.’
This is the conclusion:
As the Catholic church has been busy cleaning its own house, it would be good if other institutions and authorities, where the major part of abuses are reported, could do the same and inform the media about it.
Other institutions and authorities? Can you imagine the head of a business responding to proven allegations about his employees in this way? Would Gordon Brown excuse the crimes of a Labour Party paedo ring by saying: ‘Well, most of them are just gays so it’s okay?’
It really is beyond me how anyone can remain a member of an organisation whose leaders say such stupid, ugly, callous things.
All the Vatican could do was apologise and promise to make amends. And it couldn’t even do that. What disgusting, irredeemable, subhuman scum.