Originally Posted by La literatura
It's not exactly accurate to lay the cover-up on either JPII or B16. These scandals did leak to JPII, and the criticism of him is that he didn't do enough to amend internal Church regulations to actively seek out these incidents. When they first broke light, JPII was frail and falling into worse health, and was pretty much taking victory/goodwill tours.
First, before being elevated Ratzinger was Grand High Inquisitor, errr....sorry, Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (f/k/a Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition) and JPII's right-hand man and, obviously, anointed successor.
Second, there is NO more hierarchial organization in human history than the Roman Catholic Church, really.
Third, this clearly isn't just a Boston issue, or a USA issue. It's now, obviously and undeniably, a worldwide problem in the Roman Catholic Church.
If JPII and Ratzinger are mostly/entirely off the hook, then who is responsible. Just a whole bunch of Cardinals around the world? Yeah, that's bullshit.