Despite a storm of
controversy, an American psychiatrist has backed up a Cardinal’s claim that many
of abusive priests were homosexuals. Dr Richard
Fitzgibbons, a Pennsylvania psychiatrist who has treated many sexually abusive
priests, told Catholic
News Agency
that Cardinal Tarciso Bertone was right. “In fact, every priest
whom I treated who was involved with children sexually had previously been
involved in adult homosexual relationships.” Dr Fitzgibbons is currently a
consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy at the Holy See.

In 2002 he and two other doctors wrote a letter to Catholic bishops
with their analysis of the sexual abuse crisis.  It was a harsh critique of homosexuals in the priesthood:

In treating priests who have engaged in pedophilia and
ephebophilia we have observed that these men almost without exception suffered
from a denial of sin in their lives… Rejecting the Church’s teachings on
sexual morality, these men for the most part adopted the utilitarian sexual
ethic which the Holy Father so brilliantly critiqued in his book, Love and Responsibility. They came to
see their own pleasure as the highest end and used others — including
adolescents and children — as sexual objects. They consistently refused to
examine their consciences, to accept the Church’s teachings on moral issues as
a guide for their personal actions, or regularly avail themselves of the
sacrament of reconciliation. These priests either refused to seek spiritual
direction or chose a spiritual director or confessor who openly rebelled
against Church teachings on sexuality. Tragically, these mistakes allowed these
men to justify their behaviors.


Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet. He lives in Sydney, Australia.