Originally Posted by La literatura
He did not. When he was aware of them, he followed internal Church regulations related to these crimes. These regulations in the Canon Law were completely deficient, incomplete, and ended up hurting a lot of people. But turning them over to authorities was not part of the procedure. It was an institutional failure, not Joseph Ratzinger's.
Then he covered them up. He should have reported them to the authorities not the church. He is complicit in the crimes of molestation of these children.