By almost any standard Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States has been a success. He confronted the priests’ sexual abuse scandal head on confessing his own “shame” at what happened in his own church. He broke precedent and astonished many when he met several abuse victims in Washington.
The victims themselves have only one further request for the Pope — that he should remove from office those bishops who aided and abetted the protection of pedophile priests. They would amount to about a dozen bishops among the upwards of the 400 in the United States. These dozen bishops would be forced to resign but they could still carry in some church post. They would not, however, ever again be in charge of priests.
These bishops will argue that they consulted experts who told them such and such a priest would not offend again. Is that a sufficient defense?
Should the Pope remove some bishops who are still the head of a diocese?