I was caught off guard myself. With what happened in LA and Mahoney I would not be surprised if more revelations are forthcoming. Maybe the new Pope will be a stand up person acknowledge what happened and support the victims and survivors and realize a plague has and most likely still is running through the church--a plague that destroys children.
Given that the people who are in charge of selecting the new pope still have a lot invested in keeping the status quo, I don't have a lot of hope for them selecting a true revolutionary. But maybe they will at least do a better job about finding someone who was not so directly tied to the cover-up. I do agree with your thought that the reason for his resignation may very well have something to do with some news coming down the pipe. Less of a PR hit for him to get out now "with full freedom" (so he says) rather than be forced out later.
"As long as the child within is not allowed to become aware of what happened to him or her, a part of his or her emotional life will remain frozen . . . all appeals to love, solidarity, and compassion will be useless."
-- Alice Miller