Two prominent Roman Catholic cardinals have called for an end of the ‘homosexual agenda’.
A study found that from World War Two to 2014, more than 1,670 Catholic priests had abused around 3,677 mostly male minors and most recently Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was forced to resign after being accused of sexually assaulting young boys.
However, many other bishops and cardinals have denied the sexual allegations and many have claimed that paedophilia in the church does not exist but is instead caused by gay men.
And now Cardinals Raymond Burke, from the US, and Walter Brandmuller, from Germany, have both rejected a claim that the abuse cases are a result of ‘clericalism’ – a term used to describe a group of men abusing their power and protecting each other.
In a statement to the church, they both claim that the ‘plague of the homosexual agenda’ has been spread throughout the church.
They said: “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church, promoted by organised networks and protected by a climate of complicity and a conspiracy of silence.
“Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel.
“The even public denial, by words and by acts, of the divine and natural law, is at the root of the evil that corrupts certain circles in the Church.”