This level of hypocrisy by Papa Ratzi, given the millions already shelled out because of the criminal priests the church allowed to run amok abusing children is mind boggling. How can he say these things with a straight face at this point? It only opens the wounds all over again. I can't imagine what those who suffered abuse in the massive scandal must think about this.

"Let us think of those street children who do not have the blessing of a family home," he said during the solemn mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

"Let us think of those children who are victims of the industry of pornography and every other appalling form of abuse, and thus are traumatised to the depths of their soul."

Benedict said Catholics had to "do everything in our power to put an end to the suffering of these children."

In the past year the Pope has repeatedly addressed the issue of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, but did not raise it in his Christmas homily.

Everything in his power? Can he not afford a plane ticket to send Cardinal Law back stateside to face the music? Or what about alllowing those children without a home to be adopted by loving, qualified same-sex couples? Just asking.

What I don't understand, PR wise -- aince the Catholic Church surely has a boatload of PR shills installed (at least as many as Rick Warren) -- is why no one even bothers to steer Papa Ratzi from treading into such hypocritical territory from a image perspective, given the PR tatters that the church is in under his watch.