The Pope addressed the American Cardinals concerning their problems with priests molesting minors (full text here.) The Pope makes it clear that such conduct is unacceptable, but in my mind, he didn't go nearly far enough with respect to the Church hierarchy's cover-up. Here's what he said about that: In other words, he's still soft-pedaling the actions of the hierarchy. He goes on to say to the cardinals: That's well and good, but - whether we're talking about Swaggart or Bakker or Cardinal Law - when a religious leader has committed a major betrayal of the trust placed in him, he should await that conversion as a member of the flock, and not as its shepherd. Peace.