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The True Story
Since 1985, the Catholic Church in the United States has been living in the shadow of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. In 2002, revelations in Boston ignited an institutional nightmare. More recently, the scandal erupted in Ireland and spread across Europe. There is now a rush by some, both inside and...
The True Story
Since 1985, the Catholic Church in the United States has been living in the shadow of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. In 2002, revelations in Boston ignited an institutional nightmare. More recently, the scandal erupted in Ireland and spread across Europe. There is now a rush by some, both inside and outside the Church, to place direct blame upon Pope Benedict XVI.
There is no escaping the fact that Pope Benedict, as the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and now as pope, has played an historically pivotal and personal role in the Vatican’s response to the crisis.
Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis is a groundbreaking, critically objective assessment of the criticism facing the pope as well as a review of his real response to the victims, abusers, bishops, media, and the millions of Catholics worldwide who continue to be justifiably horrified by the scandal. The first and foremost objective for this book is the truth – no matter how difficult to face – and letting the pope’s record speak for itself.
“No one imagines that this painful situation will be resolved swiftly. Real progress has been made, yet much more remains to be done.” — Pope Benedict XVI
Part 1 A Growing Awareness
Chapter 1 The Rise of Joseph Ratzinger 17
Chapter 2 The Cardinal's "Conversion" 24
Part 2 A Global Crisis
Chapter 3 A "Festering Disease" 41
Chapter 4 The Modern Sex Abuse Crisis 49
Chapter 5 A Worldwide Scandal 63
Part 3 Benedict and the Road to Renewal
Chapter 6 "Where Do We Go from Here?" 77
Chapter 7 The Way Forward 89
Chapter 8 "I Share in Their Suffering" 98
Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI 128
Appendix 1 The Perspective of Canon Law A Commentary on the motu proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela Msgr. William King, J.C.D. 131
Appendix 2 Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations (Released by the Vatican April 10, 2010) 146
Statements and Commentary
Commentary and Excerpts: Good Friday, 2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Good Friday Meditations at the Stations of the Cross 151
October 28, 2006: Pope Benedict's XVI's ad limina address to the Irish bishops 158
April 15, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's in-flight conference on his way to the United States 164
April 16, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's address to the bishops of the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 169
April 17, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the Mass at the Washington Nationals Stadium 177
April 19, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's homily at St. Patrick's Cathedral 182
July 19, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the Mass at the Cathedral of Sydney 187
Commentary and Full Text: March 19, 2010: Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland 191