As far as the church's purification is concerned, Benedict has already been cleaning house, accepting the resignations of a few bishops in recent weeks who either admitted they sexually abused youngsters or covered up for priests who did.
Just last week, the pope took control of the conservative Legionaries of Christ order after it was discredited by revelations that its founder fathered at least one child and sexually abused young seminarians.
More bishop resignations have been tendered and the Vatican official in charge of handling sex abuse cases has said he would not be surprised if the pope asks for more.
While reading this article, I suddenly thought - why is it always the priests? Since the decline in priesthood and vatican II, both religious and laity have assumed more management and/or leadership roles in the Church. I know that on a local level, my former pastor delegated quite a bit of authority to a nun at our parish.
So, what did YOU know, Sister? I am curious as to how many non-clerics should be brought to light in this issue.