Sufferers of sex abuse from the Church have reacted lividly to Pope Benedict's claim that paedophilia wasn't thought of as an “absolute evil” until as recently as the 1970s.
In his Christmas speech to cardinals and officials in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also sickeningly said that child pornography was increasingly considered more “normal” by society.
He said “In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,”
“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself.
There is only a ‘better than' and a ‘worse than'. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
The Pope said that child abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which he admitted had brought “humiliation” on the Church.
When confronted about how abuse had exploded within the Church, the Pontiff called on senior clerics “to repair as much as possible the injustices that occurred” and to help victims heal through a better presentation of the Christian message.
He continued “We cannot remain silent about the context of these times in which these events have come to light,” citing the growth of child pornography “that seems in some way to be considered more and more normal by society.”
However, Dublin abuse victim Andrew Madden asserted that paedophilic abuse was considered far from normal amongst the company he kept, saying “That is not normal. I don't know what company the Pope has been keeping for the past 50 years.”
Angry abuse victims in America last night said that while some Church officials have blamed the liberalism of the 1960s for the Church's sex abuse scandals and cover-up catastrophes, Pope Benedict had come up with a new theory of blaming the 1970s.
Barbara Blaine, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, (SNAP) stated
“Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or nothing to stop it and to mischaracterise this heinous crisis,” “It is fundamentally disturbing to watch a brilliant man so conveniently misdiagnose a horrific scandal,” she added.
“The Pope insists on talking about a vague ‘broader context' he can't control, while ignoring the clear ‘broader context' he can influence — the long-standing and unhealthy culture of a rigid, secretive, all-male Church hierarchy fixated on self-preservation at all costs.
This is the ‘context’ that matters.”
The latest scandal comes as the German magazine Der Spiegel continues to examine the Pope's involvement in allowing a known paedophile priest to work with children in the early 1980s.