Andrew Sullivan quotes Joseph Cardinal Ratzinberger’s 1986 “Letter On The Pastoral Care Of Homosexual Persons”:
The proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, andirrational and violent reactions increase.
Sullivan unpacks what this essentially means:
the current Pope is clearly saying that the gay rights movement is responsible for violence against homosexuals and that if gay rights advance, we should not be surprised when “irrational and violent reactions increase”. This shifts the moral responsibility for violence from the thug to the victim. And when that message is sent from the very top of the church, those far less scrupulous can find moral justification for torture, beating and murder.