Benedict leaves legacy in the fight against sex abuse
Former Holy See watchdog says pope shaped the church's future18 February, 17:37
Scicluna, promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Holy See, was the Vatican's top sex abuse investigator until February 3 when he was replaced by Father Robert Oliver.
"He (Benedict) was very active during the pontificate of John Paul II, with the congregation of the Motu Proprio Sacramentorum Santitatis Tutela, a universal law of the Church which gave very precise and detailed procedure on how to respond to sexual abuse of minors.
"His words will remain with us as a clear sign of the determination of the Church to respond adequately to abuse and also to safeguard the innocence of our children and young people," Scicluna said. Benedict's critics say that he did not do enough against the scandals and to promote transparency to combat sexual abuse by clergy.
Photo: Msgr Charles Scicluna