The papacy and clergy have been influential in Western society for over several centuries, now. The fact that the Vatican still exists today, along with the Pope as a symbol for Catholics all over the world. The Pope is exulted to be a highly religious and moral figure who stands as a leader of the Catholic world.
But why? Since the 11th century, those in control of the papacy have shown traces of corruption. To be honest, I don't think often of the Vatican, save for the fictional stories brewed by Dan Brown. But, hearing about the public confession of the molestation and sexual abuse of children by priests of Catholic church really bothered me. Just as radical Muslims are antagonized and stereotypes all over the world, perhaps the Catholics and Christians are also being tainted by the simple actions of others. Although I may not appreciate the Pope and his influence in the grand scheme of things, I do see his frustration and the difficult position he has been placed in, since he stands as the international representative of the Catholic church.
I just hope that the angry people don't succeed in terrorizing or killing him.