Originally Posted by Amnorix
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.
Yes, we know that it did filter up to John Paul II. That is why I said he can be criticized for not acting quickly enough and proactively enough. In fact, in some cases, he was far too hands off. This is a significant issue for the Church as it contemplates the legacy and sainthood of JPII.
Otherwise, you are saying some of the same things I am saying. This was an institutional failure of epic proportions, shuffling around, long-term perspective, etc.