Benedict XVI: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’

The full text of the letter of the Pope Emeritus’ letter on the abuse crisis, which includes this: “The extent and gravity of the reported incidents has deeply distressed priests as well as laity, and has caused more than a few to call into question the very Faith of the Church. It was necessary to send out a strong message, and seek out a new beginning, so to make the Church again truly credible as a light among peoples and as a force in service against the powers of destruction.