An Italian priest has said he could ‘understand pedophilia’ but not homosexuality on live television.
Unsurprisingly, he has been suspended from his parish.
Don Gino Flaim, of the San Giuseppe and Pio X parish in the northern Italian town of Trento, appeared to blame the actual child victims by saying they ‘seek affection’.
He said he could ‘understand pedophilia’ whereas ‘I’m not sure about homosexuality’.
‘Unfortunately there are children who seek affection because they don’t receive it at home and I understand that some priests can give up,’ Flaim said on LA7.
‘Pedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to accepted, also.’ He then added: ‘Homosexuality is a disease’.
It comes as Pope Francis has opened a synod of Roman Catholic bishops on the subject of homosexuality and the family.
Before the meeting of 300 church leaders, Poland priest Krzysztof Charamsa came out as gay and was immediately fired from his position.
Flaim, on the other hand, was merely suspended from his parish as the archdiocese investigates.
The priest, in a statement, said his words ‘do not represent the positions of Trento archdiocese and the general sentiment of the parish’.
Eduardo Patriarca, from the center-left Democratic Party, described the comments as ‘absurd’ and that ‘pedophilia must never be justified’.