Catholic bishop in Spain: The children are to blame
Just when I thought any official of the Catholic Church couldn’t get any lower, the Bishop of Tenerife has blamed the children for child abuse. I shit you not.
His comments were that there are youngsters who want to be abused, and he compared that abuse to homosexuality, describing them both as prejudicial to society. He said that on occasions the abuse happened because the there are children who consent to it.
‘There are 13 year old adolescents who are under age and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you’, he said.
We have a very clear case of “foot-in-mouth” disease here, but the worst part is that “legally”, he’s right: the age of consent in Spain is 13, under Article 182(1) of the Spanish Penal Code. It might be “legal”, but it’s wrong and just plain backward!
It would seem enough people have called him out on that:
A later statement from the Bishop’s residence on Tenerife explained that the Bishop did not intend to imply that ‘an event as condemnable as the abuse of youngsters’ could be justified.
The only thing it’s done, if you ask me, is to make him look like he’s trying to dodge responsibility. Now, if the church sacks him for this, then it will (for once) have done the right thing. But I don’t expect that to happen any time soon.