Though faulted, Benedict turned Vatican around on sex abuse


              FILE - Pope John Paul II gives his blessing to Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, during a special audience at the Vatican on Nov. 30, 2004. An internal investigation would later reveal that Father Maciel was a notorious pedophile. Pope Benedict XVI removed Maciel from active ministry and took over the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)
            
              FILE - Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, right, and Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, talk to the media on July 15, 2010, during a briefing to present a new set of norms the Vatican issued to respond to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal, cracking down on priests who rape and molest minors and the mentally disabled, at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
            
              FILE - Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who was the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor under Pope Benedict XVI, talks to journalists during a press conference to present the new sex abuse law at the Vatican's press center on May 9, 2019. Pope Benedict XVI rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
            
              FILE - This April 9, 2010 file photo shows a 1985 letter obtained by the Associated Press signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, part of years of correspondence between the Vatican and the Oakland, Calif., diocese. Pope Benedict XVI rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson, File)
            
              FILE - This April 9, 2010 file photo shows a detail of a 1985 letter obtained by the Associated Press signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, part of years of correspondence between the Vatican and the Oakland, Calif., diocese. Pope Benedict XVI rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI kneels during a service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on April 2, 2010, as pilgrims and tourists flock to the Vatican ahead of Good Friday ceremonies. At the same time, the Catholic church was defending itself against accusations that Benedict played a role in covering up sex abuse cases. Pope Benedict XVI rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Benedict XVI smiles during a Mass in St. Peter's Square celebrated by 15,000 white-robed priests, all marking the end of the Vatican's Year of the Priest, on June 11, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI rarely got credit for having turned the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse, but as cardinal and pope, he pushed through revolutionary changes to church law to make it easier to defrock predator priests. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)
Though faulted, Benedict turned Vatican around on sex abuse