The Pope's turnabout is commendable. So are his efforts to convey apologies to victims. But until the church does what any other legal institution harboring criminals and their abettors would do, such speeches amount to empty gestures of piety.
Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI called sexual abuse "truly terrifying." In his frank comments to reporters, he seemed to rebut Vatican curial officials who have sought to portray the crisis as somehow generated from the outside.