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Papal candidate blames gay priests for child abuse

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, who many think will become the first black pope of the modern era, has blamed the recent Catholic Church's child abuse scandals on gay priests.

Speaking to Christine Amanpour of CCN, the cardinal said that similar sex scandals could never happen in Africa, because of that continent's attitude towards homosexuality.

"African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency," he said.

"Because in several communities, in several cultures in Africa, homosexuality or for that matter any affair between two sexes of the same kind, are not countenanced in our society.

"So that cultural taboo, that tradition has been there. It has served to keep it out."

The cardinal's comments have been condemned by gay rights group Stonewall who told the Times that his comments "show a surprisingly callous disregard for the human rights of millions of people worldwide."

Cardinal Turkson is one of the favourites to succeed Pope Benedict XVI who will resign as pontiff on 28 February.


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