Pope Benedict Believes Church’s Abuse Scandals Are Linked To The Promiscuity Of The 1960s -- Does He Have A Point?

Pope Benedict XVI is making waves after he blamed the sexual revolution of the 1960s for the abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in past years.

source: CBS News

Pope Benedict XVI has not been in the post for over five years now, although his eyes remain firmly fixed on the current situation around the Church. 

It looks like the former pope has had a lot on his mind regarding the current state of the institution and religion as a whole, and has commented explicitly on specific issues faced by the Catholic Church. 

Most importantly, the pope took some time to address the sexual scandals that have surrounded the Church for some time.

According to a statement the former pope has written and released to the public, the issues faced by the Church in its current state are a product of the mindset people had several decades ago. 

More specifically, he points to the 60s and the hippie movement that was taking over the world by storm, claiming that it has managed to have a substantial impact on the Church itself.

The former pope recognizes the fact that people were exploring their sexuality in a very active manner back then and claims that this must have had its impact on the Church as well. 

However, he did not write the statement in a way that implies that the Church is entirely innocent in the whole ordeal.

Pope Benedict recognizes the fact that the Church still has issues to deal with, and that it is essential to move on into the future while shedding the negative aspects of our past. 

Some of the statements that were included in the document have received criticism; however, such as the implication that pedophilia was socially acceptable half a century ago.

The former pope wrote: "Part of the physiognomy of the Revolution of 1968 was that pedophilia was now also diagnosed as allowed and appropriate."

He also added: "I have always wondered how young people in this situation could approach the priesthood and accept it, with all its ramifications. The extensive collapse of the next generation of priests in those years and the very high number of laicizations were consequence of all these processes."

The religious man concluded with: "Yes, there is sin in the church and evil. But even today there is the holy church, which is indestructible."

Is the former pope right or wrong for blaming the 1960s for some of the bad things done by the Church?