"The Commission has no doubt that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up by the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Church authorities. The structures and rules of the Catholic Church facilitated that cover-up. (In addition), State authorities facilitated that cover-up by not fulfilling their responsibilities to ensure that the law was applied equally to all and allowing the Church institutions to be beyond the reach of the normal law enforcement processes."
The report held four archbishops culpable, but top Vatican officials share responsibility, including Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, Jean Paul II, and others before him - complicit for decades of cover-up to put Church interests ahead of child safety and well-being, the unacknowledged Church policy today.
Pope Benedict XVI
When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2001, he opposed reform, John Allen saying in his biography titled, "Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith:
"Ratzinger today believes that the best antidote to political totalitarianism is ecclesial totalitarian-ism. In other words, he believes the Catholic Church serves the cause of human freedom by restricting freedom in its internal life, thereby remaining clear about what it teaches and believes."
As cardinal and pope, he opposes liberal morality, including ordaining women, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, diluting top-down authority, and Vatican II's softening of traditional orthodoxy on salvation outside the Church, ecumenical relations, and liturgical rites, saying two forms functioning together is impermissible.
Nationwide Scandals in America
In America alone, scandals hit many dioceses, several declaring bankruptcy, including Portland, Oregon, Tucson, Spokane, Washington, Davenport, Iowa, Fairbanks, Alaska, San Diego, and Wilmington, Delaware. Boston considered it, but sold assets to avoid it. In July 2007, AP reported that the Los Angeles Archdiocese announced a $600 million dollar settlement to about 500 plaintiffs, "by far the largest payout in the church's sexual abuse scandal." The Catholic News Service at the time cited $660 million.