Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pope Benedict speaks about sex abuse scandals in forthcoming book

Rome, Italy, Nov 3, 2010 / 02:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-

Ignatius Press says that all people—believers and unbelievers—will be fascinated by the content of a new book, which documents "a lively, fast-paced, challenging, even entertaining exchange" between Pope Benedict XVI and the German journalist Peter Seewald. “Light of the World: The Pope, The Church and the Signs of The Times” is due for release on November 24.

The book not only presents Pope Benedict's thoughts on sexual abuse but also gives his answer about whether he thought about resigning over the scandals. The revelations of abuse resulted in some calling for the Pope to resign for his supposed inaction in the face of abuse when he served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and later as Pope.

The Holy Father addresses other complicated questions within the Church today, such as the celibacy of priests, contraception, women priests, same-sex relationships, Communion for the divorced and remarried, Papal infallibility, the possibility of a Third Vatican Council and the question of whether or not genuine dialogue is possible with Islam.

Seewald’s first book interview with then Cardinal Ratzinger, “Salt of the Earth,” was published in 1996. I enjoyed it and found it helpful for understanding the future Pope’s mindset. This latest book, the first such since he was elected to the Papacy should make for an interesting read.


Anonymous said...

Can you give us sources for these books, Monk?

Two have been written by Alejandro Espinosa, a former Legionary who documents the abuse he suffered, TITLE, PUBLISHER

one is written by an academic with no ties to the Legion and is extremely critical. NAME, TITLE, PUBLISHER

The fourth, not long published is a “fictionalized” story of the Legion’s spirituality and pedagogy, written by one of Fr. Maciel’s former secretaries. It is not overtly critical but it provides an excellent picture of how Legionaries are taught – from the Apostolic Schools – and it describes their spirituality. NAME, TITLE, PUBLISHER

The Monk said...

1. - "El Legionario", by Alejandro Espinosa, Editorial Grijalbo
2. - "El Ilusionista Marcial Maciel", by Alejandro Espinosa, Digital version only, available from the author at alextefan63@hotmail.com, (I think it costs 200 MX pesos = $20 USD)
3. - "Marcial Maciel, Los Legionarios de Cristo: testimonios y documentos ineditos", by Fernando M. Gonzalez, Tusquets Editores Mexico. Autor is a UNAM based psychiatrist
4. - "La Legion de Cristo en la mira del poder", by Rubén Magaña Luna, Editorial VBM (available in bookstores Mexico and Spain).