Kansas City's bishop and the diocese waited five months to report that hundreds of images of child pornography were found on an active priest's computer. He was required by state law to report this, but failed to do so. The bishop was warned by the school principal that the priest was being "inappropriately" with children, but failed to read the report for several months. The priest is in jail.
Somehow the church still seems to be reluctant and negligent in it's duty to protect the innocent from predators. I'm not sure if they just don't get it...or if they somehow still think that just moving people around or giving them some counseling is a sufficient way to deal with this heinous activity.
I truly believe that the number of people who have been victims of clergy abuse is far larger than is ever reported. When I was touched inappropriately on more than one occasion by either a priest or a brother, the last thing in the world I wanted was for anyone to know about it. Somehow I was fearful of being dragged into the spotlight...the consequences for me as a teenager and young adult, but also of what would happen to these men whom I'd both trusted and admired. I never wanted to throw the baby out with the bathwater, especially when these people were both brilliant and much loved and respected.
My experiences happened when I was in my late teens and early twenties, which was bad enough. The thoughts of much more serious abuse to a child is hence much more despicable. Maybe when one of the bishops who either fails to address these situations actually goes to jail, the church will finally wake up. This is criminal activity, and deserves a full hearing and a just punishment.
The diocese of Kansas City truly is a "hierarchy of secrecy" when it comes to shepherding the flock.