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Ramesh Ponnuru

Pope Benedict's Most Underappreciated Achievement

This is a response to Margaret Carlson's column on Pope Benedict XVI.

The sexual crimes of so many Catholic priests; the malfeasance of bishops who "failed to deal justly and responsibly with allegations of abuse"; the tardiness and inadequacy and excuse-making of the official response when word of these horrors began to spread: The sex-abuse scandal is a wound that feels like it will never heal.