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Ex-Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence on church’s sex abuse crisis and blames the sexual revolution and liberals

Apr 12, 2019

By Delia Gallagher

Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence in a rare essay on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, claiming that it was caused in part by the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the liberalization of the church’s moral teaching.

In the 11-page analysis published today in a German magazine for priests, Klerusblatt, the former Pope also reveals some of the behind-the-scenes struggles between the Vatican and American bishops in handling the crisis and admits that the Vatican was initially overwhelmed in dealing with it.

Catholic News Agency first published the letter in English on Wednesday afternoon.

A top Vatican official has confirmed the essay’s authenticity to CNN. Since his resignation in 2013, Benedict has rarely left his monastery high on a hill in Vatican City. In his farewell address as pope, Benedict promised to stay “hidden” from the world, though he has spoken out occasionally on church matters.

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6 comments on “Ex-Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence on church’s sex abuse crisis and blames the sexual revolution and liberals

  • As Catholic theologian Brian Flanagan put it, “this is an embarrassing letter” from former pope Benedict XVI. Dr Flanagan elaborates a little more: “… The idea that ecclesial abuse of children was a result of the 1960s, a supposed collapse of moral theology and ‘conciliarity’ is an embarrassingly wrong explanation for the systemic abuse of children and its coverup.”

    Like Benedict’s maintaining that condoms cause AIDS or make it more likely, his claiming that the sexual revolution of the late 1960s, together with a relaxing of church teaching on morals and the involvement of all bishops in the formulation of church teaching, all led to the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious is asserted without any supporting evidence or reasoning. And this from the man in the Vatican who oversaw the cover-up.

    In this essay Benedict makes another claim that he has made before, coupled this time with the claim that it also was caused by that same sexual revolution: “Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of ’68 was that pedophilia was then also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate.” Benedict’s pigheadedly ignorant persistence in conflating homosexuality with paedophilia is enough to discredit him on these topics, but he confounds himself even further by asserting that these became a problem in the church only after 1968.

    These are some of the reasons why I wish old Ratz were still the pope.


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  • Donnie86dc #1: “Is he the same guy who said that the rape of children by priests was due to the presence of homosexuals into the Church?”

    Yes, Donnie. Ratz has always maintained that homosexuality and paedophilia are one and the same condition. Being a bishop, he is not in the habit of providing evidence to substantiate his claims.


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  • Cairsley says:

    Ratz has always maintained that homosexuality and paedophilia are one and the same condition. Being a bishop, he is not in the habit of providing evidence to substantiate his claims.

    Well, looking through goody-goody faith blinkers, at the church’s “light of the world goodness”, it would have to be the fault of someone or something else!

    Maybe the church’s exorcists are losing their touch, and just not finding enough of  those devils they need to cast out!!!  ☺

    Failing that, they could blame it on the gays or the atheists. – Sheeples could believe that, if it is repeated often enough and regularly enough from pulpits!

  • In all of this, the only aspect I am happy about is that the Italian newspapers are not giving too much room to this story. The less people discuss about that pile of lies, the better.


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  • I am totally overwhelmed by the ignorance of people like old Ratz, although I should already be used to the nonsense from the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church. As he does not want to involve his Church in the sexual scandals committed against minors, he has the cheek to accuse the 60s; and would be prepared to blame the exploration of space, climate change, etc., in order to make us forget that he did everything possible to hide these scandals. . This guy should keep his mouth shut, that would be the best for him.


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