Teresa Prince | Post-Dispatch FOR BREAKING NEWS ABOUT ARCHBISHOPS DEPATURE FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008 - Archbishop Raymond L. Louis Archdiocese for the office of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.
Louis Archdiocese for the office of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.
The Catholic Church dropped its ban on girls assisting priests during Mass in 1983, and today it is common to see more girls than boys helping on the altar. A transcript of Burke’s comments was posted Monday on the New Emangelization Project’s website.
In the interview, Burke also blamed gay clergy for the church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” were the ones who molested children.
Louis archbishop who was recently demoted from the Vatican’s highest court to a ceremonial philanthropic post, also pointed to the introduction of altar girls for why fewer men are joining the priesthood.“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls.
Male teachers will give schoolboys lessons in a range of life skills, including how to shave, save money, ask a girl out and treat a women.
The scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, is due to begin from January at the Chase High School in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.
Researchers have disputed that claim, and experts note that the reported rise in the number of gay men entering the priesthood since the 1980s coincided with a sharp drop-off in abuse cases. Louis-based group the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, to issue a statement calling on Pope Francis to condemn the remarks.
“The church becomes a more dangerous and unhealthy place when high-ranking Catholic officials mischaracterize and minimize the abuse and cover-up crisis,” the statement read.