Father John Owen, the communications officer for the archdiocese of Cardiff, has claimed that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia.
This comes just after a string of paedophilia cases have been exposed within the Catholic Church in Ireland through the recently published Ryan Inquiry.
“Most of the offences are being committed by homosexuals,” Owen said on BBC1’s Big Questions programme on Sunday. He went on to say that the “vast majority” of abuse in the UK is targeted at teenage boys, “now what does that tell you? Now that is a fact.”
Author and director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman, who has written of his own abuse, described Owen’s words as “ill-informed, ignorant, corrupt and dishonest”.
“The church has created a link between homosexual sex and priests who rape and sodomise children. It scapegoats someone else and creates a side issue. It removes the criminal aspect and the rape becomes some sort of consensual adult behaviour.”
The archdiocese responded by distancing itself from Owen’s comments, stating that:”His comments seeming to link abuse and homosexuality” do not reflect the “consistent views” of the archdiocese of Cardiff.