Former Pope Benedict XVI has unexpectedly weighed in on the scourge of child abuse throughout the Catholic Church, blaming the clandestine behavior of deviant clergymen on the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
“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,” Benedict wrote in a 6,000-word letter published in Klerusblatt, a German magazine for priests.
“Among the freedoms that the Revolution of 1968 sought to fight for was this all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer conceded any norms. The mental collapse was also linked to a propensity for violence. That is why sex films were no longer allowed on airplanes because violence would break out among the small community of passengers. And since the clothing of that time equally provoked aggression, school principals also made attempts at introducing school uniforms with a view to facilitating a climate of learning. Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of ’68 was that pedophilia was then also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate.”
Benedict added that modernization contributed to “the extensive collapse of the next generation of priests.”
“There were — not only in the United States of America — individual bishops who rejected the Catholic tradition as a whole and sought to bring about a kind of new, modern Catholicity to their dioceses,” Benedict wrote
The former pontiff also blamed gay people…
“In various seminaries homosexual cliques were established,” he writes, “which acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate in the seminaries.”
…and those who questioned the Church’s fundamentalist teachings about sex.
“There could no longer be anything that constituted an absolute good any more than anything fundamentally evil; there could be only relative value judgments,” Benedict wrote.
The pushback on social media has been harsh.
This is the worst take of all time
— Daiquiri Quinto (@OverweightChamp) April 11, 2019
Perhaps the problem is and was predatory priests.
mmmeerrrrrrrrrrp wrong answer, try again
— Dre Madrid (@dre_mad) April 11, 2019
Or it was caused by pedos who were preachers..
— vernon brownlee (@Biggheadboy) April 11, 2019
Actually, the ex Pope is right. This was a problem of the 60's. The 1060's, 1160's, 1260's….. and so on up until now. I am sure there is a special place in hell for these animals hiding behind their robes, destroying lives
— Lance Brown (@LanceBrown3463) April 11, 2019
Guess again, Popester. The gig is up. The Catholic Church is a hotbed of child predators disguised as priests. They use their position in the church to manipulate and seduce. Time to shut the whole operation down.
— unapo1ogetic (@unapo1ogetic) April 11, 2019
Even prominent Catholics are crying foul.