Well, this atheist takes no joy or "wet dream" from the priest molestation scandal.
I find it deplorable, and morally reprehensible. Any person in a position of power and influence over children in what many consider the "safe haven" of religion in an otherwise "sinful" world should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Instead we had institutionalized cover-up. Rather than contacting authorities, the church just buried these guys or played the shell game, allowing them to molest again.
This is a bit of grandstanding on the part of Dawkins.....but I get his point.
Would anybody else receive the protection that many priests and (if true) this Pope is receiving? Congregations early on summarily dismissed accusers. Ran them out. Called them liars. Oops. And the church leaders fought hard to maintain the veil of secrecy.
If this Pope had anything to do with cover-ups, lies, deception, kiting known abusers to other locations in favor of doing the lawful thing, not turning them in to the proper authorities, then yes, he SHOULD be arrested, along with anyone else aiding and abetting a felon.
Dawkin's point is what it usually is.....religion and religious figures are afforded exceptional protection for no other reason than fear, intimidation, or an overall societal unwillingness to question religion or it's mouthpieces. And that, IMO, is wrong.
Depends on how you approach it.
If it's investigated, and found to be credible, then I'd agree. But you can't ever get in the situation of just the charges being enough to completely defrock someone. It has to be checked out, same as any other charge (adultery, harassment, etc).
Upon investigation, if there's evidence enough, they should be prosecuted. And even if the prosecution fails to convict, if there's sufficient evidence to believe they probably did it, the church should take action to remove those people from positions of power.
Molestation can often be as difficult to prove as rape, but the church is a group with even more reason to be image conscious than the NFL (hence the parallels to Big Ben). Educational institutions should pursue the same path. Tenure and teacher's unions be damned.
Do I expect any of this to happen, though? Nah.
And regarding the original suggestion of pursuing the Pope though, regardless of your opinion of the Pope's role in these actions, it's a complete exercise in futility. Considering that foreign dignitaries tend to enjoy "diplomatic immunity" that won't allow them to get so much as a parking ticket, you may as well piss in the wind.