The arrogance is disheartening. At first I could not believe how many people left the Church because of the sex scandal. So many of them were blaming God for the scandal. Then the realization that a majority of those who left were just looking for an excuse to leave. Sadly the reaction and lies of the clerics in charge, who did very little or nothing at all, exacerbated the great exodus. Some of those who left are never coming back. At the last judgement those do nothing clerics will have to give answer to God. Very few of them take that into consideration in their hardness of heart.
Bishops and their chancery staff do everything in their power to make things go away. They are the ones looking for excuses, like the laity, to do nothing or shift the blame on to the laity. They make things that are relatively easy to fix much more complicated than they need to be. Unfortunately there is hardness of heart there.
Here is some free advice; fix the damn problem, stop looking for excuses to prolong the issue, and STOP looking for excuses and justifications to try to justify your own hardness of heart. In other words DO YOUR DAMN JOB!
Unfortunately, everything is political. “If I run my diocese smoothly, in appearance at least, then maybe I will be promoted to cardinal and get a bigger archdiocese”, they think. Or for those working in the chancery who are not bishops but lusting to be bishops, lies and treachery are the norm. Doing nothing is safer than taking action that could derail their career. All that seems to matter is climbing that career ladder and everyone and everything else be damned. If they continue in their hardness of heart they will be the ones to be damned.
In the political system in the U.S.A we keep hearing the phrase Drain the Swamp. It is not easy. The Church also needs to drain the swamp which is apparently even more difficult.