Benedict’s Essay Is an Implicit Rebuke of Amoris Laetitia
The turbulence surrounding the sex abuse debacle in the Catholic Church was recently addressed in Pope Benedict XVI’s April essay called “The Church and the Scandal of Sex Abuse.” Pope Benedict’s thoughtful meditation has been justly praised for unveiling one of the root causes of this protracted calamity. Critics of the letter, primarily close allies of Pope Francis, have unfairly pilloried the Pope Emeritus for composing what they regard as a simplistic and truncated polemic. But any objective observer must admit the plausibility of his explanation for this stunning moral failure, however insufficient that explanation may be.
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