The premise of this Financial Times editorial is intriguing -- Pope Benedict XVI might be intentionally ignoring the challenge of the sex scandal engulfing the Church because he sees the future of the Church as being in parts of the world where authority is questioned less.
Intriguing, yes. But also flawed. To argue that illegal and immoral activity would be dismissed as not worthy of papal attention doesn't serve the Church, no matter how passive a society might be. An organization that ignores its flaws eventually will be undermined either by internal rot or external pressure.
The Pope needs to be proactive in addressing the crisis in the Church. He cannot hope that passive societies will see his lack of response as indicative of a media-created scandal.