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Pope links clergy sex abuse to moral relativism

by Brad A. Greenberg

December 21, 2010 | 7:17 pm

Pope Benedict XVI has spent a lot of time apologizing for the Catholic Church’s dark past few decades of (not) handling clergy sex abuse. But I really don’t follow these comments, from RNS:

Pope Benedict XVI deplored the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and linked it to other vices, including child pornography, sexual tourism and drug abuse, which he said were all promoted by an ideology of social moral relativism.

The pope made his remarks on Monday (Dec. 20), in his annual Christmas address to leaders of the Roman Curia, the Vatican’s central bureaucracy.

Certainly, he must realize that the proponents of these heinous acts were, in fact, not moral relativists but representatives of the Catholic Church. Obviously, sexual abuse, despite what is suggested in this “South Park” episode, is not a part of Catholic theology. But it’s also not a product of a moral relativism.

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