Leading Church historian explains why Vatican abuse summit won’t touch homosexuality

Feb 22, 2019 by

by Robert De Mattei, LifeSite:

Editor’s note: An international group of lay Catholics held a public demonstration in Rome yesterday just outside the Vatican, demanding that Pope Francis and the world’s bishops address homosexuality during the upcoming abuse summit as the major cause of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The following statement was given by Prof. Roberto de Mattei during a press conference at the event. Read all statements here

February 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – If the summit of the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of the world gathered by Pope Francis limits itself to addressing only the abuse of minors, as the title of the summit indicates, without addressing, for example, the question of homosexuality in the Church, it will be a meeting destined to fail, because it will not address the true causes of the problem.

It would be hypocrisy to limit the scandal to pedophilia, ignoring the plague of homosexuality, which is not only a vice contrary to human nature but also forms the basis for a structure of power within the Church. And it would be hypocritical to limit itself to only denouncing moral scandals, without addressing their doctrinal roots, which stem from the years of the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar period.

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Read also: Only the truth can be pastoral: Why Catholic leaders must speak about dangers of homosexuality, LifeSite

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