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Bishop Athanasius Schneider in Rome, April 7, 2018Diane Montagna / LifeSiteNews

KAZAKHSTAN, February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan said that the upcoming Vatican abuse summit is “doomed to failure” if the “predominant role” of homosexuality in the crisis is not addressed.

“If the upcoming Summit on Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Vatican will not address the issue of the moral relativism and the non-belief in the perennial validity of the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue as the deepest cause of clerical sexual abuse, and if it will not highlight the predominant role of homosexual behavior in the clerical sexual abuse cases, the Summit will give a highly irresponsible answer and will be doomed to failure from the start, manifesting thereby also a peculiar form of clericalism,”said Bishop Schneider to LifeSiteNews.

Schneider made these comments in the context of giving his support for the “Stop Homosexual Networks in the Catholic Church” petition, which is being circulated by LifeSiteNews and the Pro Ecclesia organization of Switzerland.

Bishop Schneider wrote that facts show that the “overwhelming majority of the cases of clerical sexual abuse were of a homosexual nature.”

“The predominant cause of sexual abuses on the part of the clergy is consequently and undeniably homosexual or sodomite vice,” he said. The Feb. 21-24 summit on clerical sexual abuse at the Vatican will fail unless homosexual behavior is addressed as an issue, he reasoned.

Pope Francis called for the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Summit, which will be organized by Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and will bring together leaders from all of the bishop’s conferences from around the world. 

In speaking of the “abominable” sexual abuse committed by clerics, Bishop Schneider said “homosexual vice” is at the very root of the homosexual networks within the worldwide Church.

“The deepest root of the abuse crisis is, of course, the moral relativism and the non-belief in the perennial validity of the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue [‘You shall not commit adultery’] and of the intrinsic evil of each sexual act outside a valid marriage. Causally connected with the moral relativism and the non-belief in the Sixth Commandment is homosexual vice among clergy. The current crisis of clerical sexual abuse brought to the surface the fact of the existence of real clerical homosexual networks in the Church,” he said.