Episode XII: A New Pope
Anyone who replaced him would have been just as enmeshed in the child abuse scandals. In his defence, he's done a lot more to deal with it than everyone's favourite pope, John Paul whatisface. He was pretty much responsible for that entire culture of secrecy.
JPII was entirely complicit in the cover ups and that was an undoubtedly evil thing, but he had some redeeming features. He forced the church into modern times, and was instrumental in the fall of Communism and in peace efforts across the world.
Benedict to me is only going to be remembered for criticizing the Harry Potter books and failing to respond to the child abuse scandals in any meaningful way. He could have met abuse survivors or issued an honest and wide ranging apology.
His only quote I remember on the issue was something about the Church being like a fishermans net that takes in all fish, some are good and some are bad. Apt, considering how important the fisherman is in the church's biblical teachings, but it almost felt as if he wasn't apologizing for the institution, despite it failing so many people in such a cruel way. No, I'm happy to see this man go and I can only hope the cardinals can elect a more modern thinking leader. If they don't, I won't lose sleep. Either way it's just going to speed up or prolong the inevitable decline of the church.
Kids didn't even know about the backgrounds, and honestly what the Hitlerjugend did with the kids (journeys, create togetherness, learn things together etc.) was good.
Well, until he sent them into battle in the final days of the war. Anyway, that's irrelevant.