You can't say they didn't try - try and try again. However it seems the Vatican has run out of would-be scapegoats to carry the blame for its global, clerical paedophilia scandal. So, when in Rome... be a good gladiator and fall on your own sword.
Joe Ratzinger, reprising his role as Pope Benny the XVIth, just couldn't stick this to the media or the pro-choice movement or the gay rights activists or the Semites or the anti-Semites either. So now that he's fresh out of alternatives, he's blaming the kid diddling on - wait for it - the Church. Well, not so much the Church, as the priests and bishops and cardinals. After all, you can't blame buildings, can you?
"The greatest persecution of the church doesn't come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sins within the church," the pontiff said. "The church needs to profoundly relearn penitence, accept purification, learn forgiveness but also justice."
Well that's a lovely sentiment but the world waits to see how it plays out. And, in fairness to Joe, he has ditched a bunch of buggering bishops of late and even impounded the Legionairies of Christ order after revelations that its founder was a father in every sense of the word and perhaps had his way with a few seminarians to boot. Still, the one hot topic that, for Joe, is not on the table for discussion remains the Church's doctrine of celibacy.