The idea that the Holy Father is abdicating because he's just now discovered that there is a powerful group of perverts in the Vatican is laughable. People have been saying such a group existed for decades. There were rumors floating around when I was a child. Some of the people who said it out loud weren't the most credible folks but others were. Books have been written on the distressing topic. There really is nothing new here. Think about it. Benedict is a smart man, obviously. He's lived in Vatican City for a long time going back before he was pope. He already knows who the wolves are. It's possible that he was shocked to the core about the size of this group but that's about it. One day we will understand why the pope abdicated. Maybe it was a tactical move against this group.
What is really disturbing to me is the well meaning, very nice people who are saying that we should ignore all the news reports and treat them like calumny and gossip. I'd like to do that but living in Candyland just isn't an option anymore. Silence and looking the other way while hoping for the best is what got us the pedophilia scandals. Stay calm, keep praying and look at everything with a cool, calculating eye. Remember, the gates of Hell will not prevail. Let the truth come out and thank God when it does.
St. Peter Damian, pray for us.
St. Catherine of Sienna, pray for us.