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Benedict XVI blames moral theology, sexual revolution and God’s absence for abuse crisis

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has released a 6,000-word essay reflecting on the sex abuse crisis that plagues the Catholic Church. He blames the crisis on theological developments since Vatican II, the sexual revolution and God's absence in the modern world. Günther Simmermacher praises Benedict's theological reflection but shows why he is a poor social scientist. After all, he writes, Benedict was very much part of the problem because he was part of the system he seemingly tries to absolve.

IN DEPTH — Clerical sexual abuse: deal with the rotten apples but fix the barrel too

Our new 'In Depth' feature is intended to allow writers the necessary space to develop their arguments critically. Mike Pothier, an advocate looks at the decision to remove priests and cardinals from the priestly state. For a number of reasons, he finds it problematic and he finds it problematic and insulting — read why.

Breaking: Pope takes major action in response to abuse crisis

Responding to the shameful abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church at present, Pope Francis has called the president of every bishops’ conference around the world to...

Victims of clergy sexual abuse — their lifelong wounds

As a psychologist and spiritual director, Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has received and counselled victims of clergy sexual abuse. The sexual abuse crisis in the...

Church abandoned the little ones, says shamed Pope Francis

The past few weeks have dealt us with overwhelming revelations of deplorable acts of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, as uncovered by US investigators and extensively covered in the world media. Ricardo da Silva SJ takes a close look at the letter from Pope Francis in which the head of the Catholic Church accepts blame and culpability for the greatest crimes committed by its leaders. 

A pain that we must hold — sex abuse and racism in the Church

How do we face the continual shocking news of abuse, racism, misogyny and a society that seems at times to be unaware of how profoundly problematic these issues are? Why aren't we all furious? In the face of more stories emerging, Ricardo da Silva SJ asks some hard questions - many that have no answer other than to feel pain and anger. 

‘Shame and sorrow’ — Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

Chilling revelations of widespread child sex abuse by priests have been revealed in a Grand Jury published in Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday 14 August 2018. The report is the result of an in-depth investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses over seven decades. Two days after the report was released to the public the Vatican has offered an official statement as Catholic News Agency reports.

Pope Francis admits ‘serious mistakes’ in handling of Chile abuse cases

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex abuse crisis and asked...

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