The Catholic Church is a hierarchy with millions of employees.
The audacity to claim the "the Pope knew" about everything going on in every diocese around the world is ridiculous. In the same way that you cannot
blame the CEO of a company for the conduct of his most base employees, you cannot indict the leader, or the institution, for the actions of a few.
To say that the Church knew about "the pedophiles" is a gross generalization. To some, the crimes of the few were not fully reported to Church
officials until years after the alleged abuses took place. Moreover, if you think that Rome works quickly to do anything, you are sadly mistaken.
Typically, government of a diocese falls to the prelate tasked with its oversight.
Cardinals in Rome are not police officers and are not principally in charge of priests. Rather, as I have stated, that falls to the local Bishops.
When Cardinal Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, his principle concern was not witch-hunting suspects of pedophilia. As
we have seen in America, many of these cases are frauds to begin with. While I admit, a staggering number are true, the Church's chief goal was to
deal with the problem on a case-by-case basis. This was not Joseph Ratzinger's decision, it was the conventional logic that had served the Church for
a very long time.
Now, look at Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate. He has gone out of his way to assert that the Church's position has changed. Rather than taking a
remedial approach to abuses by members of the clergy, the Pope is going after sources of the infestation and rooting it out. He has done all he can to
reconcile the abused and get rid of the perpetrators.
To assert that the Pope in his pontificate or whilst a Cardinal was a protector of the sinful does not meet with the facts of the man's life or any
of his speeches and writings.
Let me add, while this discussion abounds, that the abuse rates in the Church are fairly tied to the abuse rates everywhere else in the world.
Not to condone the actions of the evil priests, but I think a blanket condemnation of a fundamentally good man and the Church is wrong. Likewise, to
lump all together because of the actions of a few is the foundation of stereotyping and bigotry that most who would condemn the Church find repulsive
in every other situation.