Yesterday I was at a meeting with a number of priests and once again the press took the brunt of the blame for the clergy sexual scandal. I did point out that it was because of the handling, or non-handling, of the perpetrators by the bishops and other powers that be that was why there was a scandal at all.
It really is tiring.
These priests, (like a lot of priests I fear), do not, or refuse to, understand/believe that the press would not have had anything to report if allegations of sexual abuse against clergy members were dealt with immediately.
Christ is missing from reactions of some bishops and some clergy.