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Pope emeritus Benedict XVI attends a papal mass for elderly people at St Peter's square on September 28, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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