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Abuse group responds to pope's alleged 'gay lobby' remarks

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Rome, June 12 - A leading group supporting victims
of priest sex abuse responded Wednesday to reports of Pope
Francis complaining of a gay lobby in the Vatican and a "stream
of corruption" in the Roman Curia.
"Sexual orientation isn't the real problem. Sexually active
and thus compromised clerics are the real problem," said Barbara
Dorris, outreach director of the US-based Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
"Allegedly celibate men (gay or straight) can, and often
do, take advantage of their status and power.
"It's highly unlikely there will be a thorough 'clean
sweep' of Curia personnel. But if that were to happen, it still
won't make much of a difference.
"Structure, not sexuality, is the real issue. The church is
a monarchy. Monarchs are unaccountable. So many monarchs are
corrupt".
On Tuesday Francis' reported comments surfaced after a
private audience last week with a key Latin American church
group, the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of
Religious (CLAR).
They were translated and printed on the Rorate Caeli blog,
which is read in Vatican circles.
"...it is difficult. In the Curia, there are also holy
people, really, there are holy people," said the report.
"But there also is a stream of corruption, there is that as
well, it is true... The 'gay lobby' is mentioned, and it is
true, it is there... We need to see what we can do..."
CLAR apologised to Francis, saying it was "deeply sorry",
after "the personal accounts of those present at the June 6
audience" were made public.
It stressed the pope's comments had not been recorded but
were what CLAR members remembered of his answers to their
questions.

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