If you familiarize yourself with the Church approved apparitions at Quito, Ecuador (Our Lady of Good Success) and Atika, Japan, all of this was foretold to us.
The actual rate of abuse in the Catholic Church is however, no more than any other religious group and considerably less than the public school system. Being the most visible opponent to pop culture's debauchery, Hollywood and the mainstream media exaggerate these incidents to give the perception the rate is considerably higher. This is no excuse as the Church holds itself to a higher standard.
There's a television show on the Discovery Channel called Mayday. Each episode is about a serious plane (sometimes train) crash. What I find interesting about these crashes is the amount and degree of human error. Even when the cause is identified as mechanical, the investigators often uncover negligence in the manufacturer of whatever component failed. It's also common for not one mistake to have been made in the crash but several.
This is how I see the sex-abuse crisis in the Church. There wasn't one definitive cause but several combined (to include celibacy is both absurd and an insult to the vast majority of priests and religious who honour their vow). No matter what the cause the bottom line is humans committed sin, grave sin, thus the crisis is man-made.
As Satan and his minions wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls I believe they don't waste their time on the tepid. Strategically, I expect the forces of evil concentrate on those most inclined to do good helping many souls avoid eternal damnation; the priesthood is under constant attack. We are formed in God's image - perfection - thus the influences of the material world tempt us away from God's natural order.
There is the opinion that any organization with children will have sexual predators trying to get in. Although the Church in the U.S. has taken significant measures to prevent even a single incident, some say it's impossible. That may well be, but what cannot ever happen again is the cover-up. Perhaps bishops were following the advice of the psychological community and naively believed a sex abuser could be treated/cured but that excuse is now gone. How the Church ever came to trust such a faux profession is beyond me.
The American bishops most notorious for pedophiles in their midst have a few things in common. The first is they were appointed by Archbishop Jean Jadot. I'm not familiar with him but anyone who the Tablet and National catholic Reporter sings the praises of I immediately cast with suspicion. The Tablet's article is noteworthy for one reason: Jadot was the only nuncio to American to never become a cardinal. If the Vatican is an 'ol boys network' then such a slight speaks volumes.
Another thing these shepherds have in common is they are considered 'progressive' with the liturgy. Consider that 'priest facing the people', Communion in the hand, altar girls, etc, were never prescribed by Vatican II nor any pope so how did they become standard in the Ordinary Form today? Two of the Church's most notorious ex-clergy pedophiles in Canada, Barry Glendinning and Raymond Lahey were at times top liturgists. It's impossible to ignore this connection.
Just as with the plane crashes documented in Mayday it is human error that is the root cause of the Church's sex abuse crisis. When beset with failure, successful organizations do a root cause analysis, take corrective action, and monitor outcomes to ensure failure is not repeated. Based on recent appointments to vacant Sees in the U.S.A. I believe this process is firmly under way. Bishops Cordileone, Sample, Morlino, Nienstedt, Aquila, Conley, etc, are very different men than "Jadot's boys". Here's some information on a few of them:
Archbishop Jean Jadot (Papal Nuncio to U.S.A.1973-1980)
"Archbishop Jadot turned what had been a largely ceremonial position into a bully pulpit for the seven years ending in 1980." NY Times
The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (founded 1980) will present its 2006 Hans Küng Rights of Catholics in the Church Award to Archbishop Jean Jadot of Belgium at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. , Friday, November 17, 2006, at 7:30 P.M.
Cleric who shaped U.S. 'pastoral church' dead at 99 National catholic Reporter
Archbishop Rembert Weakland (Milwaukee)
"Archbishop Weakland admits relationships with several men, questions immorality of homosexual acts" Catholic Culture
The liberal liturgist's shameful departure
Nuns holding urns of incense at the altar during the consecration of the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California by Cardinal Mahony on September 2, 2002.
An analysis of seminarian data by Catholic World Report magazine found that the upstate New York diocese is one of the most “vocation poor” in the nation."
"The Diocese of Albany, New York, has had its share of scandal in the last couple of months, with allegations of a ring of homosexual priests operating in the Diocese, Bishop Howard Hubbard being accused of protecting that ring and engaging in his own sexual shenanigans, and the recent bizarre suicide of a long-time critic of Hubbard, Father John Minkler.
(For a detailed background of this situation, click on the following link:www.cruxnews.com/rose/rose-27feb04.html
In an April 15 story on the website of Albany’s Capital News 9 (www.capitalnews9.com), Jessica Schneider wrote that, “Outspoken attorney John Aretakis continued to press the Albany Diocese on Bishop Howard Hubbard's alleged homosexual relations and is now saying the note left by Father John Minkler before his suicide lashed out at the Bishop." Catholic.org
Nine years ago, Mike Wallace reported that Archbishop Robert Sanchez of Santa Fe, N. M., had been doing exactly that. The archbishop even took it a step further. It turned out he had been sexually active himself - with young women. That aside, his parishioners told us that the archbishop had known about pedophile priests for years, but had done nothing to stop them.
The archbishop left New Mexico, and now, nine years later, the church still refuses to reveal where he's gone, but in his wake, the church and its insurance companies have paid out more than $30 million to settle 187 lawsuits brought against the archdiocese of New Mexico." CBS News
"On January 18, 1991, Bishop Joseph Ferrario, the local Ordinary of Honolulu (now deceased), served them [six SSPX priests] a Formal Canonical Warning, threatening them with excommunication. On May 1, 1991, they were formally declared to be excommunicated
In a letter dated June 28, 1993, the USA's Apostolic Pro-Nunico, Archbishop Cacciavillan, declared on Cardinal Ratzinger's behalf:
From the examination of the case, conducted on the basis of the Law of the Church, it did not result that the facts referred to in the above-mentioned decree are formal schismatic acts in the strict sense, as they do not constitute the offense of schism; and therefore the Congregation holds that the Decree of May 1, 1991 lacks foundation and hence validity.
This is a declaration that the automatic (ipso facto) excommunication claimed by Bishop Ferrario for the followers of Archbishop Lefebvre is in fact totally non-existent."
Replied Imesch, "I don't have any children." Chicago Tribune
Cardinal Law (Boston)