Pope signals won't be intimidated by abuse critics - Yahoo! News

Quote from article(One prayer read at the Mass asked God to help "the young and those who work to educate and protect them," which Vatican Radio said was intended to "sum up the feelings of the Church at this difficult time when it confronts the plague of pedophilia.")

Unfortunately God must have been preoccupied while those that profess to follow his teachings, were educating youngsters in their charge.

Quote(As the scandal has convulsed the Church in the United States and Europe, the Vatican has gone on the offensive, attacking the media for what it called an "ignoble attempt" to smear Pope Benedict and his top advisers "at any cost.")

I do not attempt to smear the Pope and his Senior advisers, they have done this to themselves already.
I do applaud the Media for bringing these acts by these Pedophiles into the open and also for bringing the Inaction (until very recently) of this Pope and his Senior Advisers.

Quote(In London, the archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, told the BBC: "The pope won't resign. Frankly, there's no strong reason for him to do so.)

Actually there are excellent reasons why this Pope and his Senior Advisers should resign, the most important one being that it would signal to the entire Catholic Church that it is serious about cleansing itself of this filth.

Quote(In fact it's the other way around: he is the one above all else in Rome who has tackled these things head on.")

Only after the avalanche of Media attention made it necessary.

Quote(Saturday, the Vatican's chief spokesman acknowledged that the Church's response to cases of sexual abuse by priests is crucial to its credibility and it must "acknowledge and make amends for" even decades-old cases.)

Quite correct, but thus far all the world has seen is a half hearted attempt to defer blame from both the clergy and their seniors.
Sadly this attempt to deflect blame or responsibility from the Pope is an ongoing march.
And no where in this sudden acceptance of the need for the Church to tighten it's rules regarding Pedophllia is an acceptance that Law of the land comes before Church doctrinaire.