So, the Pope. Ratzinger. The latest story is a bit of a doozy. Check out Sullivan's wrap-up if you haven't already. (Andrew's having a tough time taking weekends off, isn't he?)
I don't even know what to say. There but for the grace of God? No, not really. I can't even imagine seeing a case like that and having my first thought be "We must protect the church."
"Nothing human is alien to me": those of us with pretensions to suavity or world-weariness would love to be able to say that. Well, Ratzinger's response to this case -- and the church's response to all these cases -- kicks that right out of me. A lot of types of evil make sense to me. This one, not so much.