The Vatican spokesman said the matter was concluded and the pope would reveal the contents of the report only to his successor.
The sexual abuse scandal continues to haunt the church as reforms have slowly taken hold across the American church and other cases have surfaced around the globe.
While the vast majority of the abuse cases happened in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the recent revelation of more case and the failings of the church in dealing with many of them have left fresh scars that have been slow to heal, victims' advocates say.
Cases are still in the process of being litigated. Two top American cardinals were deposed shortly before they were to leave for Rome for the pope's farewell.
Benedict was unable to stop the tide of growing secularism in Europe and the United States, though he often railed against it.
All of it likely took its toll on the 85-year-old who walks with a cane, has a pacemaker, and has looked frailer and frailer in recent months. But in the end it was his strength that failed him.
In retirement he will have none of those global problems to sort out anymore. Those responsibilities will fall to the next pope.
Instead, Benedict has said his task will be prayer and reflection.
Sister Armijo cried when she found out the pope was resigning. But now that she has had time to process the idea, she said her feelings have shifted from sadness to gratitude.
"He's a person of great courage to do something like this. To dedicate his life to prayer. I think it will help people to see there's a value to dedicating your life to prayer," she said.
"Prayer is something worth dedicating your life to."