Former Pope Benedict: Church’s sexual abuse crisis originated partly in hedonism of 1960s

Former Pope Benedict: Church’s sexual abuse crisis originated partly in hedonism of 1960s
Former Pope Benedict XVI in a recent meeting with Pope Francis. YouTube, RomeReports.com video

[Ed. – As the author says, it’s a logical and precise case. It’s what the Church does about it now that will be defining, I think.]

The church’s still-radiating crisis, Benedict suggests, was a product of the moral laxity that swept the West, and not just the church, in the 1960s. The young rebels of 1968, Benedict writes, fought for “all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer conceded any norms.”

Benedict adds: “Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of 1968 was that pedophilia was now also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate.” This might strike contemporary readers as puzzling. But those who lived through that wretched decade will remember that some of the leading ’68ers also advocated “anti-authoritarian education,” which involved some pretty ­unsavory interactions between adults and children. Hippie communes weren’t child-friendly places, either.

“I have always wondered how young people in this situation could approach the priesthood and accept it, with all its ramifications,” Benedict writes.

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