September 18, 2019: Benedict XVI provokes critics of his April essay on clerical sex abuse

Benedict XVI has ignited new controversy by issuing a stinging response to critics of an essay in which he blamed the 1968 Movement for triggering the clerical sexual abuse of minors.

The 92-year-old retired pope originally put forth his thesis with the 6,000-word article “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse”, published last April in the Bavarian clergy journal Klerusblatt.

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