I need to weigh in on this. This case hits close to home, as in the 70s, I was abused by a priest. It was known, prior to my abuse, that this specific priest had a history of abusing boys, but rather than relieve him of his duties, he was transferred to a different parish with the hopes that the change in scenery would allow him to make a change.
Not to excuse the behavior of the Church, but the belief that the time of my assault was that it was a moral failing, and not a perversion. It was believed that with therapy, prayer, forgiveness and remorse, the priest would change. It is so wrong.
What angers me is the priests and other higher up in the church chose to protect the Church rather than protect the young boys. There are so many lost boys out there, thought of as collateral damage in an effort to preserve the reputation of the Church. What the church needs to do is seek out those boys who have been abused, and help them. These boys need help, and they need therapy in order to heal. That need to be the priority of the Church at this point. That would mean a lot to people like me and every other boy abused by a priest.