The bishops made a fool’s bargain. They were prepared to sacrifice the essential elements of the Catholic faith: the moral teaching, the clerical discipline, even the loving care for the faithful. In return, they hoped to prop up the prestige of the institutional Church.
The bishops were not just “prepared” to sacrifice. That’s exactly what they did, sacrificing justice and charity to their flock on the altar of the church. They upheld their own pride of office against the claims of abuse victims.
Not all claims are valid, but enough are. And the biggest failure is not individual pedophiles, it is an institution of God that did not put its flock ahead of itself.
And, as an after-note, I am sick and tired of hearing that priests have about the same proportion of pedophiles as the general population (even assuming that this is true). Are not those who claim to be God’s intercessors here on earth to be held to a higher standard?