I only hope that Mahony and Curry and others involved in this are prosecuted. Since Ratzinger was the Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the time Mahony and Curry was conspiring to protect these child molesting priest he probably knew about it. Your thoughts
I note that this report refers to communications in the mid 1980s. I can't find the original broadcasts in the CBS archive (probably because they haven't been loaded), but I would swear that I saw a CBS 60 Minutes report on the issue of catholic priests molesting children and subsequent shuffling of offending priests as early as the mid- to late-1970s.
The ONLY reason I can fathom for the slow and frequently too-late move to prosecute (witness Bernard Cardinal Law!) is because of the "natural" deference people tend to give to priests. I don't know how we disenthrall ourselves of these spiritual charlatans, but my sense is that, until we do, the criminals of the church are going to continue to skate on such charges in the overall scheme of things.
Being an expert in religion, it's sort of like being an expert in Santa Claus.Perhaps you get some deference when people are asking questions about the history and development of your myth, but that hardly makes you a moral authority beyond the reach of the law.