Benedict used his harshest words for the abusers themselves, saying they had betrayed the trust of the faithful, brought shame on the church and now must answer before God and civil authorities.
"Conceal nothing," he exhorted them. "Openly acknowledge your guilt, submit yourselves to the demands of justice, but do not despair of God's mercy."
May I add with respect to His Holiness - then do something. For faithful Catholics, how long have we been frustrated by seeing our Bishops suffer no consequences for these acts that they enabled, while regular priests who played no part in the scandal, both here and abroad, must work under the cloud of unearned suspicion.