Two prominent Roman Catholic Church cardinals have called for an end of the “plague of the homosexual agenda”, urging bishops to end their complicity and silence over cases of sexual abuse.
Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller say the Church has wrongly blamed the abuse of power by priests as the main cause of the scandals, its most pressing crisis.
In an open letter, they also issue a rare open criticism of the Pope.
It comes on the eve of a summit of bishops in Rome to discuss the cases.
The extraordinary summit has been called by the Pope as an effort to deal with the sex scandals rocking the Church.
Stories of abuse have emerged in every corner of the world and the Church has been accused of covering up crimes committed by priests.