From the Pennsylvania grand jury report, cited in this WaPo op-ed:
Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected. (M)any, including some named in this report, have been promoted. Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic church sex scandal.
Ms McArdle’s column on that link is worth reading.
One huge problem for the Church is that if a diocese, bishop, or organization comes off looking like a closed book, clean and virtuous in other words, it could mean one of two things:
- They are clean and virtuous indeed.
- They have successfully hidden grave sin and abuse.
Given that every diocese in Pennsylvania hid something, it naturally raises the question: what is my diocese hiding?
Every unanswered letter, every phone call or email that goes without a response, every snap personnel decision–these and other behaviors will raise suspicions. While believers are obligated to apply the best possible interpretation to questionable behavior, it does not prevent sensible people from actually wrestling with what they see. Or now, what they don’t see.