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Cardinal Claims Pedophilia Is An Illness, NOT a Crime

Posted by Sandra On March - 18 - 2013
  • Claimed people abused as youngsters who then become pedophiles ‘not criminally responsible’
  • Says pedophilia ‘is an illness, not a criminal condition’
  • Says those people do not deserve to be punished because they are damaged
  • Pope Francis said that he wants a ‘church for the poor’

 

Newly elected Pope Francis is given a yellow Catholic faith bracelet following a meeting at the VaticanA South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described pedophilia as a psychological illness and not ‘a criminal condition’. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became pedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody ‘who chooses to do something like that’. Cardinal Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican that elected Pope Francis earlier this week, called pedophilia a ‘psychological disorder. And just three days into the new role, the pope and the Catholic Church are now faced with fresh child abuse controversy after the cardinal’s remarks. READ MORE HERE










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