Wilfrid Fox Napier on Paedophilia

“'Paedophilia not criminal condition' says Durban cardinal” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21810980

南アフリカの Wilfrid Fox Napier枢機卿*1ペドフィリア*2心理的な「障害(disorder)」であり、刑事責任の対象とすべきではないと発言。彼によると、ペドフィルは自らの行為(幼児を性的対象とすること)を選んでいるのではないということになる。

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier's comments triggered immediate criticism.

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."