Pope Benedict Essay: The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse

Pope Benedict Essay: The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse

SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER
Pope Emeritus Benedict, The National Catholic Resister 4/12/19
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.

My work is divided into three parts.

In the first part, I aim to present briefly the wider social context of the question, without which the problem cannot be understood. I try to show that in the 1960s an egregious event occurred, on a scale unprecedented in history. It could be said that in the 20 years from 1960 to 1980, the previously normative standards regarding sexuality collapsed entirely, and a new normalcy arose that has by now been the subject of laborious attempts at disruption.

In the second part, I aim to point out the effects of this situation on the formation of priests and on the lives of priests.

Finally, in the third part, I would like to develop some perspectives for a proper response on the part of the Church.

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http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-church-and-the-scandal-of-sexual-abuse

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