As if we didn’t already know the Left is to blame for most of the world’s ills…
Former Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out on one of the Catholic Church’s most devastating and long-standing issues. Late last week, he penned a rare essay sharing his thoughts on the the sex abuse crisis and what drove it to happen in the first place.
The contents of the essay were shocking…
Is the Left really to blame?
- The former Pope’s insightful 11-page analysis was first published by the Vatican’s media partner, Catholic News Agency. German magazine KlerusBlatt then re-published it just a short time later, where it almost immediately gained international virality.
- Pushback from Left-leaning Christians came almost immediately. Many claimed it was fake, saying that the words were uncharacteristic for Benedict. During his time at the helm, he spoke on the sex abuse crisis very rarely. After he resigned, public speaking appearances and essays stopped almost completely.
- While Vatican officials have confirmed the essay is real, and that Pope Benedict did write it, it’s what’s inside that really hits home. There, he blasts the breakdown of traditional moral standards, the Revolution of 1968, and an “extensive collapse of the next generation of priests” for blossoming pedophilia among the priesthood.
- Taking aim at the 1960s again, one part of the letter reads, “Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of ’68 was that pedophilia was then also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate.” He’s talking about changes in psychology and the church; it was around this time that popular culture started to discuss the idea that pedophiles were “sick” or “mentally ill,” rather than just evil.
- Talking about how the sexual revolution “laid the groundwork” for the sex abuse crisis, he also accuses it of causing priests to believe they could live “a kind of new, modern Catholicity.””In various seminaries homosexual cliques were established,” he writes, “which acted more or less openly and significantly changed the climate in the seminaries.”
- On another inner page, Benedict claims he knew of at least one priest who forced seminaries to watch pornographic films. He did it “allegedly with the intention of thus making them resistant to behavior” that somehow went against the Catholic faith.
- “There could no longer be anything that constituted an absolute good any more than anything fundamentally evil,” he writes. “There could be only relative value judgments,” something Benedict believes come squarely from Liberal theologians.
- Later in the essay, he poses the question, “Why did pedophilia reach such proportions?” Benedict’s answer is simple: “Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God.” His solution? Stop covering up the abuse, stop fighting over the politics of the church, and get back to the point of being Christian: obedience and fidelity to Jesus’ message.
If Benedict is to be understood, it’s the very ideals Liberals hold that are to blame for one of the largest scourges facing our world today. While many Americans fight to hold on and be “good Christians,” others fight to silence Christian voices and keep the “status quo” instead.
We’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions on exactly what this means…but suffice to say, some of us have been aware that Liberal ideologies are a problem for a very long time.