Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 19, 2014. Photo: APPope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 19, 2014. Photo: AP
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 19, 2014. Photo: AP

Retired Pope Benedict blames Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal on 1960s sexual revolution and ‘homosexual cliques’ in ‘catastrophically irresponsible’ essay

  • Piece published in Catholic News Agency and other conservative media also points to church laws that protected priests
  • Analysis comes in conflict with efforts by Pope Francis to lead church out of sex abuse crisis

Topic |   Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 19, 2014. Photo: APPope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 19, 2014. Photo: AP
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 19, 2014. Photo: AP
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