Archbishop Julian Herranz Casado, head of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, addresses the Catholic University of Milan saying that the sex abuse crisis in America is a product of the news media and legal system in America.
Casado says the American press was trying to "sully the image of the Church and the Catholic priesthood, and to weaken the moral credibility of the magisterium." He also says the large civil penalties being levied against the Catholic Church because of priests sexually abusing children are "unwarranted" and are being awarded in a climate of "exaggeration, financial exploitation, and nervousness."
According to Archbishop Julian Herranz Casado, bishops should not be reporting sexual abuse accusations to civil authorities or turning over any files to prosecuting attorneys. As far as Herranz is concerned, the entire problem is the fault of homosexuals. Furthermore, says Herranz, pedophilia is a "concrete form of homosexuality."
Archbishop Herranz was part of the major meeting between Pope John Paul II and the American cardinals, so his opinions cannot be treated as completely disconnected from the official position of the Vatican and Pope John Paul II — especially since he's saying the same things as other high-ranking Vatican officials with close ties to the pope.