Call for action on child abuse
Pope Benedict's announcement he would step aside this month meant ''he still has two weeks'' to take action against child sex abuse by church staff, a US victims group said. ''No matter how tired or weak Pope Benedict may be, he still has two weeks to use his vast power to protect youngsters,'' the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said in a statement. ''Imagine the shockwaves - and the hope - that would be generated if, in his waning days, the pontiff demoted, disciplined, or defrocked even a handful of bishops who are concealing child sex crimes. And imagine the deterrent that would be to present and future cover-ups.''