Pedophilia? Archbishop says it’s the fault of those gay kids…….

Archbishop Dadeus Grings, from the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre which is one of the largest dioceses in Brazil,  is living proof that ignorance and just plain stupidity are not affected by the grace of Holy Orders.

Grings has not only linked pedophilia with homosexuality, as did Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone,  but now asserts that pedophilia is understandable because all children are “spontaneously gay.” Great! Now we have a new scapegoat: little gay boys and girls.

The Archbishop, who is also chancellor of the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, did in fact denounce sexual abuse within the church; but he stressed that internal ecclesiastical  punishment for priests guilty of abuse was sufficient and that the police should not be involved. “For the church to go and accuse its own sons would be a little strange,” Archbishop Grings said a few days ago. Well I guess that makes sense if the real fault lies with all those perverted gay kids.

Showing his alert pastoral concern, Grings said therefore that it is important to help children avoid homosexuality.”We know that the adolescent is spontaneously homosexual. Boys play with boys, girls play with girls….If there is no proper guidance, this sticks. The question is – how are we going to educate our children to use a sexuality that is human and suitable?”

Grings also argued that society’s acceptance of homosexuality is paving the way for an acceptance of pedophilia. Demonstrating insight and a keen sense of social justice, Archbishop Grings noted as well: “Before, the homosexual wasn’t spoken of. He was discriminated against….When we begin to say they have rights, rights to demonstrate publicly, pretty soon, we’ll find the rights of pedophiles.”

Known for his socio-historical awareness, the Archbishop of Porto Alegre argued in 2003 that just one million – and not six million – Jews died in the Holocaust, although a few years later he recanted this opinion. Nevertheless, last year he outraged Jewish groups in Brazil by telling a magazine that “more Catholics than Jews died in the Holocaust, but this isn’t known because Jews control the world’s media.'”

New Priests in the USA: Older and More Conservative

While much of the world’s  attention is focused on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University  has just released a report about the U.S. Catholic ordination class of 2010.

The vast majority (92 percent) of men being ordained to the priesthood this year report some kind of full-time work experience prior to entering the seminary. Most of them in education. Three in five (60 percent) of these new priests completed a college degree before pursuing the priesthood, and one in five (20 percent) has done advanced graduate study.

Nearly one-third (31 percent) of the ordination class of 2010 was born outside the United States, the largest numbers coming from Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland and Vietnam. Between 20 and 30 percent of ordinands to the diocesan priesthood for each of the last 10 years were born outside the United States.

Two thirds report regularly praying the rosary (67 percent) and participating in Eucharistic Adoration (65 percent) before entering seminary.

The average age of ordinands for the Class of 2010 is 37. More than half (56 percent) are between the ages of 25 and 34. This is approximately the same as it was in 2009 and consistent with the average age of ordination classes for the last five years. Eleven are being ordained to the priesthood at age 65 or older.

This analysis is part of The Class of 2010: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, an annual national survey of men being ordained priests, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), a Georgetown University-based research center. The entire report can be found at, as well as on the new which is set to launch on April 25, Good Shepherd Sunday and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The survey was commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“One important trend evident in this study is the importance of lifelong formation and engagement in the Catholic faith,” said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. He noted that, along with their education and work experience, half to three-quarters of the Class of 2010 report they served as an altar server, lector, Eucharistic minister or other parish ministry.

“Most ordinands have been Catholic since birth,” said Cardinal O’Malley, “Four in five report that both their parents are Catholic. Almost eight in 10 were encouraged to consider the priesthood by a priest. This speaks to the essential role the whole Church has to play in fostering vocations.”