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April 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Since the publication of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's 10 April letter on the abuse crisis, the German bishops' news website Katholisch.de has published several harsh rebukes of the former Pope. For example, they accuse the Pope of causing a “schism,” of making “absurd” references to the cultural revolution of the 1960s, and also of “abusing” the very “topic of abuse.”
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has come to Benedict's defense, rebuking the German moral theologians as “people who neither believe nor think.”
April - Pope - Benedict - Document - Roots
On April 10, Pope Benedict published his 6,000-word-long document, in which he discusses some of the roots of the current sex abuse crisis in the Church, and he thereby points to the moral relativism and laxity that entered the Catholic Church in the wake of the cultural revolution of the 1960s in the West.
He writes: "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.”
Benedict - Theologians - Church - Teaching - Claim
Benedict makes it clear that there are many moral theologians who reject the Church's moral teaching and the very claim that there are indeed intrinsically evil acts, that is to say, acts that are always evil. “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.” This lawlessness entered many Catholic seminaries, according to the former Pope, and there were already “homosexual cliques” established in them.
Having drawn this picture as an explanation of why there is to be found such a strong increase of cases of sexual abuse in the Church, Pope Benedict...
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