Pope Benedict XVI Thinks the 60s Are to Blame for the Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandals
Former Catholic Church Pop Benedict the XVI said that the sex abuse scandal that is hounding the church, can be attributed to the 1960s – the decade of sexual revolution.
In an 11-page essay analysis, the former pope broke out his silence, a offered a take on why some priests molest children. And that is not because of lack of conscience, innate perversion, or any reason involving the individual who did it, apparently, it’s because 60 years ago, society revolutionised how we view sex that involved consenting adults.
As per 9news.com.au, he said, Since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis, and during the run-up to it, I had to ask myself – even though, as emeritus, I am no longer directly responsible – what I could contribute to a new beginning.”
Unfortunately, it seems that the 92 year-old’s comment divided people. Obviously, conservative Catholics praised the former pope’s take. The same set of people who blamed homosexuality as the root source of child abuse.
On the other hand, liberal Catholics that says there is no known connection between queerness and paedophilia.
Brian Flanagan, a prominent Catholic theologian derided the essay, and said, “This is an embarrassing letter. The idea that ecclesial abuse of children was a result of the 1960s, a supposed collapse of moral theology, and ‘conciliatory’ is an embarrassingly wrong explanation for the systemic abuse of children and its cover up.”
Benedict explained on his essay why he views it as such. According to him, the reason why the abuses happened, is due to a change on moral standards, that led to the result of this crisis.
He said, “Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of ’68, was that paedophilia was then also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate.”
This in turn, influenced seminaries, which led to some people rejecting Catholic tradition, and bringing in “modern Catholicity.”
He even further stated that homosexual cliques were formed due to this. All in all, his essay has one unifying theme – the sexual abuse crisis happening is the result of the absence of God.
The former pope said, “Why did paedophilia reach such proportions? Ultimately the reason is the absence of God.”