Former Pope Benedict blames the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and & # 39; collapse of morality & # 39;
- Benedict spoke out in a rare letter of 6,000 words that will appear in Germany
- In it he attributed the child abuse scandal to the sexual revolution of the 1960s
- He said that a fall in absolute moral standards and a focus on & # 39; relative moral judgment & # 39; meant that priests lost their sense of good and evil
- Benedict, 91, called for a return to the strict moral code of the Catholic Church
The former Pope Benedict has accused the scandal of the Catholic Church about the consequences of the sexual revolution in the 1960s.
91-year-old Benedict said a step away from absolute beliefs about good and evil to a world where there could only be relative moral judgments & # 39; led to a general collapse of morality that had also infected the priesthood.
He also regretted the fact that seminars had an open gay culture and were therefore unable to properly train priests.
As a solution, he proposes a return to the absolute moral norms of Catholicism, while also reforming ecclesiastical law to place more emphasis on the protection of believers.
Former Pope Benedict accused the scandal of the Catholic Church scandal about a decline in moral values that began with the sexual revolution of the 1960s
Benedict, who became the first pope to resign in 2013, spoke out in a rare letter of 6,000 words written in his native German.
He said he felt compelled to write the letter after Pope Francis invited the bishops of the world to attend a conference in the Vatican to address the sexual abuse crisis.
While he says he & # 39; no longer directly responsible & # 39; is for the business of the Vatican, he wanted to contribute to a & # 39; new beginning & # 39; inside the church.
He contacted Francis before publishing the letter, he said, although he did not say whether the Pope had responded.
The letter emerged when the Catholic Church in Japan said it was investigating allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests.
Benedict recommends a return to the strict moral codes of the church and edits ecclesiastical laws to protect & # 39; believers & # 39; as a way out of the crisis
The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said Thursday that it has established a commission per district to investigate claims, some of which date back to 20 years ago.
Surveys had found two reported cases in 2002 and five in 2015 that were not revealed or verified, the conference said. They will be examined retroactively.
Francis is under pressure to deal with sex scandals that have engulfed churches around the world.
In perhaps the most striking case, Cardinal George Pell – the third in the order of the Vatican – was imprisoned for six years for abusing two teenage choirboys in the 1990s.
The former treasurer of the Vatican, 77, and top advisor to Pope Francis, is the oldest Catholic figure ever found guilty of sex crimes against children.