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Former Pope Benedict XVI

Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and a general collapse in morality…

“Among the freedoms that the Revolution of 1968 sought to fight for was this all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer conceded any norms,” he wrote…

He said the spread of explicit sex education for young schoolchildren and nudity in advertising had contributed to a loosening of moral bearings.


The former pontiff said the sexual revolution had led to homosexuality in Catholic establishments.

He said paedophilia did not become “acute” until the late 1980s and was caused by “absence of God”.


Published in the German Catholic magazine Klerusblatt, the 5,500-word letter is divided into three parts.

The first part laments the 1960s as a time when “previously normative standards regarding sexuality collapsed entirely”.

Next, the letter examines how the sexual revolution affected priests, creating “homosexual cliques” in seminaries.

The letter concludes with the solution that “we ourselves once again begin to live by God and unto Him”

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI blames 1960s revolution for sex abuse (BBC)

Sexual revolution of 1960s led to Church abuse crisis, ex-pope says (irish Times)

Thanks Bebe


Marriage in the sixties.

What was not to like?

Ciara Meehan writes:

Modern Wife, Modern Life is my exhibition running at the National Print Museum of Ireland between August and October 2015. It explores the idea of the ‘modern wife’ in 1960s Ireland as seen through the pages of women’s magazines. Please consider showing your support for the exhibition by donating on Fund It.

At the start of the twentieth century, manuals on how to be a good wife were widely available in Ireland. With the emergence of new technologies, women’s glossy magazines came to replace the traditional manual as did the advice given to newly married women and housewives in the 1960s.

The concept of being an ‘ideal wife’ became closely bound up with being a ‘modern wife’. The message was clear: a ‘good wife’ was not just beautifully presented, but also used all the latest modern devices. Her home – especially the kitchen – was an extension of her appearance and reputation. ‘Modern life’ and ‘modern wife’ became blended into the one ideal.

Anyone can be a part of this history project by loaning items from the 1960s which fit into one of the six themes of the exhibition; print culture, advice for the newly married wife, beauty and presentation, new technologies in the home; women behind the wheel and the wife who works. Rewards for contributing to the cost of producing the exhibition include reproduction images, a limited edition booklet and a private curator’s tour.


Previously: The Good Wife

Pic: Brand New Retro

Remember ‘Sweet’ Cigarettes?

Sugar replicas of cigarettes, with red tips, marketed to children?

Good times.

Well, they had their own cigarette cards.

From The Irish Traditional Music Archive

In the 1960s the Dublin sweets firm of Liam Devlin & Sons issued at least two undated series of sweet cigarette cards. The second series was ‘Irish Theatre and Showband Stars’ (36 cards in all, issued in 1967) In spite of its title, the series also includes contemporary ballad singers and ballad groups, a stepdancer, a harper, a traditional cabaret group, a showband that showcased Irish traditional music, and a ceili band.


Thanks Sibling of Daedalus