I remember a grave scandal that took place in my diocese. I pursued it as far as I could but found the establishment were totally against taking any action. They didn’t say that, they just didn’t act. A priest I moaned to about this told me the best way to deal with scandalous things was to “draw the curtains and wait for everything to just die down”. This only served to scandalise me more and also to make me feel deeply disillusioned with the men who lead the Church.
If this is the Church in my own local microcosm, we can clearly see the same mechanisms at work presently in the Church in macrocosm.
It was 13 months ago now that Pope Francis promised a thorough investigation into the abuses committed by Theodore McCarrick, even saying himself: