By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican's number two official, Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, said today that the Church's problems with pedophile priests have not been caused by celibacy, but by homosexuality.

"Many psychologists, many psychiatrists, have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and pedophilia," said Bertone in a press conference in Chile today. "But many others have demonstrated, and have told me recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia."

"That is the truth, this is the problem," added Bertone.

Noting that pedophilia is a phenomenon that "affects all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms," Bertone reportedly said that such conduct "is very grave, it is scandalous."

Bertone added that, in order to address sex abuse cases, "the Holy Father is going to begin other initiatives, and will not fail to amaze us with new initiatives with respect to the topic we are discussing."

Although the mental health establishment in the United States habitually denies any relationship between child sex abuse and homosexuality, numerous studies have shown a statistical link between the two.

report on the U.S. sex abuse crisis, done at the behest of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004 by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, found that the vast majority of victims in priest sex abuse cases were adolescent males.


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