Quantcast
Connect with us

Former Pope Benedict blames the 1960’s sexual revolution and ‘homosexual cliques’ for priests’ rampant child sex abuse

Published

on

Former Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from years of relative silence to declare that the “sexual revolution” of the 1960’s, “homosexual cliques” inside seminaries, and a societal collapse in morality are to blame for the Catholic Church’s decades-long international scandal of priests raping children.

Before becoming Pope Benedict he was Cardinal Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, the Vatican’s man in charge of managing the growing revelations of the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal. Ratzinger has been accused of personally making decisions to not punish priests who raped young and teen boys but to ship them off to other dioceses, where they often committed their crimes on an entirely new population.

“Why did pedophilia reach such proportions?” Benedict asks in his expansive, 6000 word letter, as The Washington Post reports. “Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God,” he answers.

The Post notes that Benedict “laments the secularization of the West and describes seminaries filled with ‘homosexual cliques.'”

He “devoted the first third of his letter to changes in society and inside the church beginning in the 1960s that gave rise to an ‘all-out sexual freedom.’ He wrote that Catholic moral theology ‘suffered a collapse’ of its own during a period of major reforms.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Benedict also wrote that the sexual revolution of the ’60’s enabled pedophilia to be “diagnosed as allowed and appropriate.”

The former pope, now titled Pope Emeritus, did not blame himself or his actions for enabling the sexual and emotional abuse of countless thousands – or more – of children.

The response by many noted theologians can be summed up by Brian Flanagan, professor of theology at Marymount University in Virginia, who Reuters cites in its reporting:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected]. Send news tips to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

Published

on

If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

Continue Reading

2020 Election

State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

Published

on

State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

“I’m battle tested,” West told supporters at a campaign launch event. “You’ve seen me in battle, and I’m ready today to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”

The Dallas attorney has been viewed as a potential primary contender for some time now, but he remained mum publicly on his plans. In June, West met with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., where he reportedly had a “positive meeting” and signaled that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring. He filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork to formally launch his bid Friday.

Continue Reading
 

Facebook

Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

Published

on

NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.

The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.

Continue Reading
 
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

close-image
Join Me. Try Raw Story Investigates for $1. Invest in Journalism. Escape Ads.
close-image