Pope Benedict XVI: His best of the worst
Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Roman Catholic Church on Monday when he announced his resignation, the first pope to do so in more than 600 years. An uncompromising conservative on social and theological issues who drove many from the church with his orthodoxy, he won't be missed.
The pope, in his own words:
On the church's sexual abuse scandal
The pope refused to open Vatican records to outside scrutiny and took little to no action against his bishops and cardinals involved in participating in and covering up decades of sexual abuse in the church. And, in an interview given before he assumed the papacy, then Cardinal Ratzinger argued that the public outrage over the sexual abuse scandal was really just an American plot to undermine the church: