The “two Popes” circus continues…
Benedict XVI’s Letter on Sex Abuse Crisis:
Highlights & Reaction Roundup
On April 10, 2019, the “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI, with the prior permission of “Pope” Francis, published a 6000-word letter on the sexual abuse crisis in the German Klerusblatt (a regional periodical for clergy), which was released at the same time on the internet in various languages. The German original and the English translation of the missive are available here:
- “Benedikt im Wortlaut: Die Kirche und der Skandal des sexuellen Mißbrauchs” (CNA Deutsch)
- “Full text of Benedict XVI essay: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse'” (Catholic News Agency)
The editor of Inside the Vatican, Robert Moynihan, has opined that the letter is “absolutely the most important text Benedict has published since his resignation of the papacy in February 2013.”
In this post, we will first present what we believe to be the most significant quotes from the lengthy letter, followed by a reaction roundup from many different sources and perspectives.