Joseph Ratzinger, pope emeritus Benedict XVIHe has broken his silence and published an 18-page document in which he analyzes some of the causes of the plague of child abuse that plagues the Church. The text, titled The Church and sexual abuse, browse the current situation as a result of the summit that the Vatican celebrated last February and points out some theological foundations to deal with one of the most complicated moments of the Catholic Church. The text, however, goes far beyond the ecclesiastical sphere and, in some way, attributes the problem to an evolution of sexual customs produced throughout society and originated during the sexual revolution of the sixties. In addition, he blames "a justice guarantee" with the priests for part of their impunity and for years of more severe punishments.
The text is divided into three parts and should be published in the German Catholic weekly Klerusblatt in Holy Week, according to AciPrensa. But it has been filtered by the New York Post and other means. The document is structured in three parts. In the first, it presents the historical context since the sixties. In fact, it situates the epicenter of the origin of the issue in the revolution of May 68 and the spiritual collapse that, supposedly, produced. "It can be said that in the 20 years between 1960 and 1980, the standards binding until then with respect to sexuality completely collapsed, and a new normality arose that until now has been subject to several laborious attempts of disruption ". But the pope emeritus goes further in the demonization of that period and notes that "part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of '68 was that pedophilia was also diagnosed as permissible and appropriate."
In the second, it refers to the impact that had a certain moral decadence of that period of the priests; and, in the third, he launches a proposal to face a situation that, according to him, "was not acute until the mid-1980s." The text, however, does not give clear references on how to eradicate abuses of minors within the Church and concludes that pederasty has reached "these proportions" before "the absence of God."
Ratzinger, how could it be otherwise, explains that he has written the text in agreement with the Secretariat of State of the Vatican and with his own Francisco. "The extent and severity of reported incidents have puzzled priests and lay people, and has caused many to question the Church's own faith," begins the pope emeritus, referring to the origin of the February Vatican summit. "It was necessary to send a strong message and seek a new beginning to make the Church again credible as a light among the peoples and as a force that serves against the powers of destruction."
In his analysis, which will inevitably be interpreted as a theological reinforcement of a summit more focused on practical issues and devoid of doctrinal content, Benedict refers to a certain irruption of moral relativism where good and evil no longer exist. But only that "which according to the circumstance is relatively better".
The pope emeritus focuses a lot on the experience lived in his youth in Germany and speaks of "gay clubs" formed "in several seminars that acted more or less openly" and that "significantly changed the climate that lived in them." Curious are some revelations that he makes now, such as that "in a seminary in southern Germany, the candidates for the priesthood and for the lay ministry of pastoral specialists lived together and even the married were sometimes with their wives and children; sometimes with their girlfriends. "
Ratzinger also refers to bishops who rejected the Catholic tradition in the name of a "modern Catholicism". A problem, which he explains, was known to the Holy See. In addition, he defends the role of John Paul II in this question, although now some modern currents try to discredit him. Together with him, he explains, it was concluded that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (then Ratzinger was the prefect of that dicastery) should be endowed with the authority and mechanisms to judge and punish crimes that a justice too "garantista" was unable to control.