By Joaquin Flores, who is Editor-in-Chief of Fort Russ News, as well as the Director of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies.
Flores explains that despite some truths in Benedict’s essay, it aims overall to hide ‘the secret sauce’ of long-standing Church culture.
In an 11-page analysis published yesterday in the leading German magazine for priests, Klerusblatt, Pope Benedict XVI has come forward to break the culture of silence, penning a rare essay on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. In the essay, he claims that the crisis was caused in part by the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and the liberalization of the church’s moral teaching.
The former Pope also reveals some of the behind-the-scenes struggles between the Vatican and American bishops in handling the homosexual pedophilia crisis, and admits that the Vatican was initially overwhelmed in dealing with it.
While former Pope Benedict XVI has accurately described the crisis in terms of the cover-up, there are numerous problems in his description and mechanism, which this analysis will develop further on. Catholic News Agency first published the letter in English on Wednesday afternoon.
A top Vatican official has confirmed the essay’s authenticity to world media, including the American news network known as ‘CNN’. While CNN regularly publishes fake news and sensationalizes stories to provide right and left cover for imperialism abroad and the police state in the U.S, the numerous parallel confirming reports in addition to the print-edition of Klerusblatt, conclusively confirm the authenticity of the essay.
Benedict has rarely left his monastery, high on a hill, in Vatican City since his resignation in 2013. Benedict promised to stay “hidden” from the world in his farewell address as pope, though he has spoken out occasionally on church matters. Benedict appears to be frail but in relatively good health, now at age 92, but it is widely believed that he has made these statements in order to both clear his conscience and to attempt to save what remains of the church.
“Since I myself had served in a position of responsibility as shepherd of the Church at the time of the public outbreak of the crisis, and during the run-up to it, I had to ask myself — even though, as emeritus, I am no longer directly responsible — what I could contribute to a new beginning,” Benedict wrote, in explaining why he is speaking out now.
But his comments on the sex abuse crisis seem certain to inflame tensions between conservative Catholics, who largely blame homosexuality and lax sexual ethics for the scandal, and liberals, who say there is no known connection between homosexuality and pedophilia. This report will explain why both narratives are incorrect, and that the conservative Catholics were the primary and initial practioners of what is today called ‘homosexuality’, in the Church.
According to a well known major and conclusive study, by Freund and Watson in the Spring of 1992 edition of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 18(1):34-43, male pedophiles were nearly twice as likely to react to same-sex stimuli. It is important to make clear that male homosexuality does not increase the propensity towards pedophilia per se, from this study, but rather that pedophiles are nearly twice as likely to be homosexuals.
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