May 09, 2006

Pell says marriage no cure for pedophile priests

Catholic News

Cardinal George Pell has said that statistics show that marriage will not prevent pedophilia, with 90 per cent of pedophile crimes committed by married men.

In the first of a series of two commentaries on the virtues of celibacy, Cardinal Pell said there are "no statistics to demonstrate that most priests are homosexually oriented, much less that they are homosexually active".

"Some of those who claim otherwise are too much influenced by their own circle of acquaintances," he said.

The commentary, first published in this week's Sunday Telegraph, appeared yesterday on Sydney's Archdiocesan website.

Posted by kshaw at May 9, 2006 05:27 AM