"A consensus has emerged that he has been proactive. I don't think, obviously, everything has been perfect, but I think he has done more than anyone else in Rome on this," Mr. Ruddy said. "He was attuned to this and out in front of it in a way that really no one else in Rome was. As pope, the relative quickness that he moved on the case of Father Maciel was proof of that."
Mr. Ruddy said that Benedict has "created a good legacy for the next pope to build on and for bishops around the world to look to say 'we need to deal with this.'