I'd like to imagine he took a sweeping look at his career as a priest and prelate, and while not discounting the value of this contributions as an intellectual, took note of the degree to which he permitted the "power" to snuff out so much of the "glory."
I agonized over what I felt about the Child Victims Act. Why wouldn't I, a teacher and mother of three, not leap to support legislation (against which the Roman Catholic Church in New York is currently lobbying hard) that protects the victims of child abuse? Because I did have reservations.
Gays are the scapegoat, blamed for the child-abuse scandal, despite the fact that the vast majority of pedophiles are heterosexual, and despite the fact that the church leadership shuffled around the criminal priests without bringing them to justice.
The Catholic Church has chosen the comfortable approach to its communications during this ongoing sex abuse scandal: to cloister itself. Systematically, it has closed down any venue or platform for discussion.
The days of papal apologies and expressions of contrition and shame have come and gone. The Church now lays blame on the reporters, not on the perpetrators and those who overlooked their transgressions.