It was revealed last week by the Associated Press that Pope Benedict XVI while a Cardinal allowed a Priest who had been convicted of molesting two boys in Oakland, California to remain in the Priesthood despite pleas from Oakland Bishop John Cummins.
If this is as it appears, how in the world can this Pope have any moral authority? And how can he continue to lead the Catholic Church? Under canon law, modern popes only answer to God, so only Pope Benedict can remove himself. That does not appear likely.
So while this scandal grows millions of Catholics are left in the lurch. It seems to me that if the Pope cares about the church he won't show his love by downplaying this scandal. He'll show it by stepping down as Pope and clearly stating his part in all of this.