I don’t have a lot of constructive comment about stories like this:
Child abuse claims sweep Catholic Church in Europe
The whole thing, and the church’s public reaction, just reminds me of a line from Monty Python:
As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control.
… which seems to be the church’s PR strategy. There’s also a line from Mike Berbiglia:
I was an altar boy, and before you ask: No.
I can’t say whether the church officials have forgotten their vows, but it seems pretty certain that they’ve forgotten the lessons of Watergate.