South Africa’s Catholic Archbishop says paedophiles are sick, not criminals

via BBC

via BBC

South Africa’s Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier says paedophilia is a psychological “illness, not a criminal condition”.

The cardinal told the BBC that people who were themselves abused as children and then abused others needed to be examined by doctors.

He was one of 115 cardinals who took part in the conclave at the Vatican to elect Pope Francis earlier this week.

The Church has recently been dogged by scandals over clerical sex abuse.


Cardinal Napier referred to paedophilia as “a psychological condition, a disorder”.

“What do you do with disorders? You’ve got to try and put them right.

“If I – as a normal being – choose to break the law, knowing that I’m breaking the law, then I think I need to be punished.”

He said he knew at least two priests, who became paedophiles after themselves being abused as children.

“Now don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that. I don’t think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished. He was himself damaged.”

Oh, I see, so if I have had things stolen from my house, and in turn become a career burglar, it is not a criminal condition, it is a disorder.

Barbara Dorries, who as a child was abused by a priest, works for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which is based in Chicago. She told the BBC: “If it is a disease that’s fine, but it’s also a crime and crimes are punished, criminals are held accountable for what they did and what they do.

“The bishops and the cardinals have gone to great lengths to cover these crimes to enable the predators to move on, to not be arrested, to keep the secrets within the church.”

Michael Walsh, who has written a biography of late Pope John Paul II, said Cardinal Napier’s remarks were similar to the position once taken by the Catholic Church in the UK and the US.

“They did actually at one time believe it was a condition that could be dealt with. Many bishops were simply moving priests and trying to disguise the fact that they’d been committing these crimes,” Mr Walsh told the BBC.

Marie Collins, who is a victim of abuse, told the BBC: “I think it is appalling that we have a cardinal, a man at this level in the church that can still hold these views. He is totally ignoring the child.”

Sources: BBC, Radio NZ



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  • Mr_Blobby

    The Church is not criminal ,it is sick.

  • Rodger T

    Sounds like he is preparing a defense.

  • Willard79

    Ahh, the Catholic Church, putting people off religion since 1st century AD.

  • grumpy

    Most of the boys abused were pubescent. That indicates the molesters were homosexual, not paedophiles.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Back to square one….

  • I’ve had a lot of dealings with Paed’s as a landlady. You’ve got to be super fucking vigilant because they will tell you what they think you want to hear while taking every advantage of you. As for the abuse argument:

    Humans take what abuse happened to the as a child and either become a bog standard fuck up or they transmute the pain into strength to help others.

    Paeds take another path. They are not human so human attributes should not be attributed to them.

    I’m not saying that you should shoot them like animals ,(please don’t), but I am saying that if you did it’s not like shooting a human.

  • JC

    The scientific and medical literature on pedophilia is vast and conclusive.. its a mental disorder affecting up to 5% of the male population and also affects a lessor percentage of females.

    Its now thought to be mostly incurable but that wasn’t the case some decades ago.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean shit if they act out their fantasies.. you jail them or kill them.


    • Random66

      If it’s incurable then I agree with your two options, life in jail or a bullet. Times are tough financially at the moment so…..

    • If you believe that sexuality is genetically set (as the gay brigade insist) then surely ALL sexuality is genetic. Once the gay gene is found they need to start looking for the Pedo gene. And treat it because it is damaging and dangerous. Personally I believe that they just like defenceless targets and choose to be pedos.

  • A/random/reader

    Sickness and criminality aren’t mutually exclusive.

    Paedophiles are both sick and criminal.