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Did Benedict contradict Francis?

Breaking years of silence on major church affairs, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has written a lengthy letter devoted to clerical sex abuse in which he attributes the crisis to a breakdown of church and societal moral teaching and says he felt compelled to assist ā€œin this difficult hour.ā€ In emphasizing the retreat of religious belief and firm church teaching, Benedict provides a markedly different explanation for the abuse crisis than that offered by Pope Francis, who has often said abuse results from the corrupted power of the clergy. [1]