Carla Seaquist has an excellent and very well written essay here showing why the response by the Vatican to the sex abuse crisis from the past to the present continues to be inadequate. But she also saves some fire for the secular world: "Some critics, the neo-atheists in particular, see a zero-sum game in play, claiming that the faltering of the Catholic Church proves the superiority of the secular world. But that's false either-or thinking. Both the Church and the secular world are in moral disarray. For while the secular world has produced many advances -- the emancipation of women being a big one, including, notably, the frocking of women in some Protestant denominations -- the secular world has also blurred the moral line in the culture, the line that gives meaning and value to life, and in so doing has produced... junkier results: the mainstreaming of pornography, for one example.
"And for another example, and of bearing here: the sexualization of
childhood -- which, at base, is molestation of another kind.
"And compounding tragedy upon tragedy: To combat this sexualization of childhood by the secular world, the Catholic Church -- theoretically a powerful moral counterforce -- has, by its own sins, destroyed its own moral authority to do battle, silenced its own voice to speak out, rendered lame its own sword arm."