Vatican to reinforce Catholic orthodoxy
The BBC's religious affairs correspondent in Rome, Robert Piggot, has been given prominent coverage in a
lengthy report arguing that the Vatican intends "to reinforce traditional standards and discipline" and
"crack down especially hard on homosexuality in the Church".
In the wake of the pressure the Church
has been placed under by the abuse scandals he says "here in Rome, many see the scandal as what they call
an 'Anglo-Saxon' problem."
Piggot quotes Gerry O'Connell, the Vatican correspondent of the Roman
Catholic journal The Universe, saying that some of the pope's chief advisers have analysed the
American cases and concluded that the problem is not paedophilia, but homosexuality.
concludes: For Vatican conservatives the priority seems to be to reinforce Roman Catholic orthodoxy in the
Church as a whole, rather than indulge liberals in its unruly provinces.
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10 Jan 2003