Why relief? Because
the American bishops released their annual national audit of all charges in the last year. It reports that there were 398 new allegations in the entire United States last year. Six of them were from current minors; the rest were older incidents only now being reported. Over 70% of alleged offenders are already deceased, suspended from ministry, or dismissed from the priesthood. In a Church of some 60 million Catholics, aggressive action has seen the problem reduced to six cases of alleged current abuse. That did not make the news.That's what Pope Benedict has done. He's been criticized for his actions, but it appears that agressive weeding-out of the perps and removal of enforcement responsibility from the bishops has had a significant effect.