Priest Says Pope Is 'Not Being Truthful' About Sex Abuse Cases

"I've only spoken the truth. Sometimes the truth can be harsh, but for our diocesan spokesman to suggest that my statements were unfortunate, leads me to believe that. How can the truth be unfortunate, unless it's honing in on an unfortunate circumstance?" he said.

Scahill's interview came on the same day the Church clarified its policy on sex abuse, specifying that accused priests should be brought before civil authorities to face charges.

But a top aide to the pope created a fresh controversy when he blamed the church's child abuse scandal on homosexuality, not the church's requirement that priests be celibate.

The Vatican's second highest official, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, told reporters in Chile, "Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia,"

"This pathology is one that touches all categories of people, and priests to a lesser degree in percentage terms," Bertone said of gays. "The behavior of the priests in this case, the negative behavior, is very serious, is scandalous."

Bertone also asserted that the church had never impeded investigations of pedophilia by priests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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