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教皇本笃十六世在其对爱尔兰天主教徒发出的卓越致歉信中,解释了在他看来为何有罪的牧师会受到诱惑、与儿童发生性行为。这是由于“信仰正面对着源自爱尔兰社会快速转型和世俗化的重大新挑战。快速的社会变革已经发生,这些变革常常有损于人们对于天主教教义和价值的传统忠诚。”

正如我们所知,天主教牧师虐待儿童的事件并不仅现于爱尔兰一国,它也发生在其他许多国家中,不过对此,教皇却不愿意详加讨论。同时,爱尔兰也并非唯一一个社会转型与世俗化对宗教价值构成挑战的地区。当教皇将此种性犯罪归咎于上述挑战时,或许他至少说对了一部分,不过其原因却不是他所相信的那些理由。

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