I cannot let this pass.
The ex-pope known as Benedict released a screed blaming the sexual revolution of the 1960s for priests abusing children in the Catholic church.
Rachel Donadio’s article in The Atlantic is a fascinating look into the bizarre writings of a 92 year old pope emeritus, and how they’ve just muddied the handling of an already fraught situation.
“From afar, the Vatican is seen as an impenetrable and mysterious world, a place of ancient, sacred rituals and quiet religiosity. Inside, it turns out it’s a bureaucracy like any other. Sometimes the former boss weighs in, and what was once opaque becomes clearer, and even stranger.” (Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, 12 April, 2019)
Let’s be clear, abuse is not about an absence of God or the presence of naked bodies on billboards, it is about the agency of predators. Millions of children have been traumatized because priests chose to sexually abuse them.
I know from experience how difficult it is to deal with the complex emotions of loving your predator, and the shock which comes with realizing what was done was abuse. I was powerless, so were all those children, in the face of abuse perpetrated by a powerful person in our lives.
The Catholic church is powerful enough to do something about this, and has yet to fully address it. Not enough is being done to protect the congregants of the Church.
I cannot let this pass without comment.