Should Pope Benedict Resign the Papacy?

By David Schoetz

Mar 25, 2010 11:44pm

The fury over child sex abuse and the Vatican is intensifying by the day. Pope Benedict himself has now been implicatedin a potential cover-up — when he, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, allegedly failed to defrock an American priest accused of molesting hundreds of boys. Today, the Vatican stood by that decision, citing the aging priest’s repentance, his age and health, and more than 20 years without new allegations. So tonight, we ask: Should the Pope resign? Some might say that would be a beautiful and historic act of penance in the name of the Church, for a sin that has reached so many places in the Church. Or would resigning the Papacy be considered a surrender to secular forces — and a secular media — simply out to attack the Church? Tell us what you think. Embedded below is tonight’s “World News” segment on the topic, “Pope Benedict: What Did He Know?”

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