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By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews, Aug. 27, 2019

Maike HicksonAugust 27, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a short commentary for the Catholic German journal Herder Korrespondenz, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responds to Birgit Aschmann, a history professor who criticized his April 2019 letter on the sex abuse crisis. In his response to Aschmann, Benedict calls her critique “typical of the general deficit in the reception of my text.”

“I notice that on the four pages of the article by Mrs. Aschmann,” Benedict writes, “the word God – which I have made the central aspect of the question – does not appear once.”

Pope Benedict XVI had written a lengthy text first for Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin as a sort of contribution to the February 2019 Rome sex abuse summit. In April, the retired Pope decided to publish the text and thus make it available to a larger audience.

In this text, Benedict stresses the influence of the cultural revolution of the 1960s which undermined sexual morality and affected many priests in their own moral conduct. As the Pope wrote: “Among the freedoms that the Revolution of 1968 sought to fight for was this all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer conceded any norms.” After describing how sexual license also entered Catholic seminaries and how it increased cases of sexual abuse in the Church, Pope Benedict asks the question of how to address this current grave crisis and evil: “Why did pedophilia reach such proportions? Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God.”  ….

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