Church is at 2%”…….”That two per cent includes priests and even bishops and cardinals”……
An explosive truth from the representative of God on this earth (Vatican has since then refuted the quotes).
The question remains- is this a special condition exacerbated by celibacy? Or is 2% the normal rate for paedophilia in society ??
Francis promised “solutions” to the issue of priestly celibacy in an
interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church
could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted
by the Vatican.
Interviewed by Italy’s La Repubblica daily,
Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the Church and
cited his associates as saying that “the level of paedophilia in the
Church is at two per cent”…..”That two per cent includes priests and even bishops and cardinals,” the pope was quoted as saying.
Asked whether priests might one day be allowed to marry, Francis
pointed out that celibacy was instituted “900 years after Our Lord’s
death” and that clerics can marry in some Eastern Churches under Vatican
“There definitely is a problem but it is not a major
one. This needs time but there are solutions and I will find them,”
Francis said, without giving further details.
spokesman Federico Lombardi said the quotations in the newspaper on the
existence of paedophile cardinals and the possible reform of priestly
celibacy did not correspond to what the pope actually said.
“This is not at all an interview in the normal sense of the word,” he
said, accusing the newspaper of “manipulating ingenuous readers”.
The interview was the third in a series with the 90-year-old founder of
La Repubblica daily, Eugenio Scalfari, a famous journalist and known