South Africa Cardinal says pedophilia not a crime

Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa leaves the Vatican after the general congregation meetin..One of the cardinals that voted for the new pope last week was quoted by Reuters this week saying, “From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness.  It’s not a criminal condition, it’s an illness.”

The headline of the article reads, “South Africa cardinal says pedophilia not a crime”. Herein lies the power of the present media to distort and then manipulate public perception and thinking.  Evil has been using sexual abuse forever to silence and cripple victims and now with the power of modern technology evil is manipulating the message to destroy the purveyors of hope and truth.

Notice the cardinal said, “From my experience, pedophilia is actually and illness.  It’s not a criminal condition, it’s and illness.”  The cardinal is quoted again in the article saying that he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were molested as children.  The cardinal is affirming my position that nearly 100% of “sex offenders” and or pedophiles were sexually abused at some point prior to acting out.  They were traumatized, which led to shame, which leads to acting out.  Excusing criminal behavior is not the point the cardinal is making.  He is saying the acting out is a result of prior influence.

The problem for the cardinal is that is all well and good but it cannot be used to excuse the criminal behavior.  He says in the article, “Now don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that.  I don’t think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished.  He was himself damaged.”

The law is quite clear that sexual molestation is a criminal offense regardless of the motive.  You cannot molest children.  The world today is consistently shifting blame rather than accepting responsibility.  Yes, it is horrible that pedophiles always have a history of their own childhood abuse, it does not excuse their behavior.

Here is where it gets really sinister.  The hidden agenda of Reuters is the Church.  The liberal progressive world desires to discredit, demonize, and rend the church irrelevant in the modern world.  So the article also slips one sentence in, “The Catholic Church has had its image deeply tarnished by a widespread child sex abuse scandal”.  A confusing sentence structure but communicates the message the organization wants heard.  Which is, the church in its infinite hypocrisy preaches and teaches holiness and yet is saturated with pedophiles in stark contrast to its message.  Therefore, the church and its message are illegitimate.  Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier from Durban affirms for us that pedophilia should not be a criminal offense.  The ultra liberal viewpoint is that pedophilia is just the natural evolution of human sexuality.

Sexual abuse is the most sophisticated weapon the enemy uses against the Kingdom of God.  It is brilliant from a tactical viewpoint.  Destroy the dignity of the enemy at the very core of his nature and you cripple him for life. The attack renders the victim’s silent and you disable your opponent and his or her community in one blow. Then, influence a like-minded media to destroy those providing care and healing and you have total control.  Genius.

The bad news is, as long as those with the arsenal to stop and destroy the enemy remain silent, evil will just grow stronger.  The good news is, this battle is already over.  The King won this battle on the cross by defeating death and declaring his soldiers victors.  The requirements…live it…shout it…share it…Jesus is the only hope…with joy, confidence, and determination…hold on to that hope…

Article is from Reuters  March 16, 2013  David Dolan; Editing by Jason Webb


About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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