South Africa: Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier says ‘pedophilia is not a crime’
One of the 115 cardinals who elected Pope Francis I as the 266th pontiff last Wednesday has come out with some strong and perhaps controversial statements about pedophilia , according to a BBC radio interview Friday.
The Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfrid Fox Napier said that pedophilia is a “psychological disorder” and not a crime during the interview.
“What is pedophilia? It is condition, it’s a psychological condition, it’s a disorder”, the Cardinal asked. “What do you do with disorders?”
The 72-year-old Napier says it’s one thing to choose to break the law, then that person should be punished; however, pedophilia is an illness, not a criminal condition.
He recalls in the interview about two priests that “became” pedophiles after being abused as children.
“Don’t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that”, he said.
“I don’t think you can really take the position and say that person deserves to be punished. He was himself damaged”, Napier said to the surprise of the interviewer.