Former pope why did Benedict XVI retired under highly suspicious circumstances back in 2013, and we have heard precious little from him since then. But this week, he felt the urge to make his voice known once again with the publishing of a new encyclical aimed at trying to stop the bleeding from the ongoing Catholic priest sex abuse scandals. Benedict makes his case that it was the free love era of the hippie generation in the late 1960’s that was responsible for the catholic priest sex scandals. But as you will see, this is very far from the truth. The free love of the 1960’s only brought an already-simmering and festering boil to the surface.