The Holy See's second-highest prelate after the Pope has blamed homosexuals for the paedophile crisis.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State, said that the child rape scandal that is threatening the moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide is linked to homosexuality and not celibacy among priests.
Other Vatican clerics have sought to deflect criticism from the Catholic hierarchy by blaming the media, and one retired bishop was even reported earlier this week to have blamed the Jews.
Cardinal Bertone made the comments during a news conference on Monday in Chile, where one of the church's highest-profile paedophile cases involves a priest having sex with young girls.
Cardinal Bertone said: "Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and paedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and paedophilia. That is true. That is the problem."
Times Online Top cardinal, Tarcisio Bertone, blames paedophile crisis on homosexuals April 13, 2010