He's the boss. Holy crap he "is" responsible for the people under him just like any CEO who falls on his sword for something some dumb arse marketing guy does.
the president and soilders is a better analogy
The Catholic Church teaches something called The Principle of Subsidiarity. Pretty much the larger and more complex parts of a company government military outfit and so on and so forth shouldn't do something that can be done by a lower and less complex level of an orginization.
for example a CO is responsible for the workings of his company in a fight, the blame falls on the CO if they are irresponsible in their fighting and not the captain of that CO.
so just because some private does some horrible crime and his CO covers it up doesn't also make the Captain guilty the General and the 5 star General of the Army guilty by association.
In the Church the Pope is like the 5 Star General, Captins like Bishops and COs like Parish priests. IF a CO does something bad its the Captains Responsibility to make sure it is punished. The PRivate the CO the Captain probably his General.
The Church is structured in the same way. The Lay Faithful are at the bottom of the hierarchy, the preists above that, followed by the Bishop, followed by Arch Bishops, followed by Cardinals and the Top guy is the Pope.
Pope would only be guilty of something if something illegal happened in Rome and he did nothing about it, or if a bishop seek his advice and he gave illegal advice.
Other then that what happens in a diocese falls on the responsibility of a bishop not the pope.
This post was edited on 2/19 at 2:29 pm