Gänswein on the abuse crisis: ‘The Catholic Church looks full of bewilderment at its own 9/11’

Gänswein on the abuse crisis: ‘The Catholic Church looks full of bewilderment at its own 9/11’ September 11, 2018

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The crisis of sexual abuse is “the Catholic Church’s September 11”. This was said by Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household and special secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who spoke at the presentation of the book “The Benedict option” by American journalist Rod Dreher in the Chamber of Deputies. The German prelate, who mentioned both the Pennsylvania sexual abuse report explicitly, and, implicitly, McCarrick’s case, pointed out thatBenedict XVI’s lament in 2008 to the American bishops on the “profound shame” caused by the sexual abuse of children was pronounced “evidently in vain”, as we see today”. 

“I do not intend to compare either the victims or the numbers of abuses within the Catholic Church with the total of 2,996 innocent people who lost their lives on September 11 following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. No one has so far attacked the Church of Christ with hijacked planes full of passengers. St. Peter’s Basilica is standing and so are the cathedrals in France, Germany and Italy, which continue to represent the emblem of many cities in the Western world, from Florence to Chartres, passing through Cologne and Munich. And yet, the news from America that recently informed us of the many souls who have been irreparably and mortally wounded by priests of the Catholic Church, send us an even more terrible message than the news of the sudden collapse of all churches in Pennsylvania, along with the “Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception” in Washington.”

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