Bishop retracts controversial paedophile comments

24th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

It took 28 days, but on Tuesday the bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Álvarez, finally apologised for criticising homosexuality and suggesting that the "provocative" actions of children may be partially to blame for cases of paedophilia.

24 January 2008

SANTA CRUZ - It took 28 days, but on Tuesday the bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Álvarez, finally apologised for criticising homosexuality and suggesting that the "provocative" actions of children may be partially to blame for cases of paedophilia.

"It was not my intention in any way to try to justify the abuse of minors, something that is absolutely condemnable," Álvarez said in an interview with Televisión Canaria, a regional station. "The abuse of children is a grave sin and a crime. Neither did I not want to compare homosexuality with the abuse of minors."

In a newspaper interview published on 28 December, Álvarez said that "homosexuality harms society, and we will pay for it." He also claimed that there are minors who desire sexual abuse and even seek it out. "If one isn't careful, they could even provoke it," he said.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / Juan Manuel Pardellas 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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