Rome (dpa) – Former Pope Benedict XVI is the primary particular person to contribute one thing significant to the talk over sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller advised dpa.
“Benedict has lifted the scab together with his writing,” Mueller mentioned Saturday in Rome, talking of an essay on the church’s paedophilia disaster printed by Benedict earlier this week.
“Benedict XVI has written a textual content that’s extra clever than all of the contributions of the Roman ‘abuse summit’ and the know-it-all ethical experts of the German Bishops Convention put collectively,” Mueller mentioned.
In an essay written for Klerusblatt, a month-to-month periodical distributed in Bavarian church buildings, Benedict wrote that the sexual revolution of 1968 and Western society’s rising secularization are responsible for the paedophilia disaster. The German-born former pope, who turns 92 on Tuesday, has hardly ever spoken publicly since stepping down in 2013.
The Catholic Church has for many years confronted worldwide accusations of turning a blind eye, or actively masking up for monks accused of paedophilia. Internet hosting a disaster summit in February, Pope Francis acknowledged this had been “typical” observe and pledged to place a cease to it.
Mueller prompt the church was too targeted on discovering individuals responsible for the disaster. The actual offender was “the false materialistic human picture that reduces sexuality to a ware and a egocentric means of delight.”