If the Catholic Church hopes to survive as a religion it must face up to and repent the abuse of children. Towards this end, for his part in covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests, the current Pope must resign. His past actions deprive him of any moral authority. Specifically, it is credibly alleged by the NY Times that Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) argued against defrocking a priest who had molested as many as 200 deaf boys. Although the Pope has accepted the resignation of an Irish Bishop for his failure to report sexual abuse cases to the police, he has not addressed his own falure to report sexual abuse to the police while he was Archbishop of Munich, Germany. If a religion is to have any use to men at all, it must at least serve as a moral and ethical guide...and unless the Catholic Church acts vigorously to rid itself of institutional pedophilia-sheltering, it cannot claim to do that. Only by sacrificing a position of power can Ratzinger hope to preserve the dignity of the Papacy.