Originally Posted by La literatura
I'm not saying no-one is responsible. Clearly, the priests who engaged in the sexual abuse of children are clearly responsible. The bishops who shuffled off them off are clearly responsible. The men who put together a rigid rule that shielded accusations from civil authorities are responsible.
You seem to have some insatiable need or desire to prosecute someone and want it to be JPII or B16. Maybe it would make you feel better about the end result, but it wouldn't be right or just.
I have no idea if its JPII or Ratzinger. It's probably one of those two, but it could be another guy a half-step below them that was handling this.
But if you think, this never filtered up through channels in an organization like this, and that responsibility stops at the bishop level, then you're hopelessly naive. The institutional failure was pretty clearly coordinated across the ENTIRE instutition. We'll never know the truth, of course. The Catholic Church has NO interest in letting it out. They just shuffle Cardinal Law and others around, protect them from the law, and hope that time will be on their side. When you're older than the governments that want to hold you responsible, it's easy to have a long-term perspective.