As a member of the clergy who has spent a great deal of time in dialogue and shared action with those in the interfaith community, I know that it is ill-advised to make judgments about those in other religious groups. And I have known a great many people of compassion and integrity within the Catholic Church. But in the case of the church’s protection of sexually abusive priests, the revelations of cover-ups and payoffs speak for themselves.
There is no justification that I can imagine for the heinous acts of pedophilia by supposed men of God. The lives of thousands of victims have been decimated by the actions of these errant priests. And while I do not want to stereotype all members of the Roman Catholic priesthood as responsible for the misdeeds their colleagues, there is a great deal of damage that has been done to innocent victims, and huge reparations that are due. Nor will any amount of money be able to make things truly right, although the church bears responsibility for providing restorative justice in whatever form is possible.