What I find hard to believe is where and what were the POLICE doing during all this? And if the priest was reported to the diocese, why wasn't he reported to the police?
I also think that because priests don't marry and have families, they don't understand what children mean to families--how a parent feels when s/he realizes someone has harmed their child.
Even though priests are often counselors for individuals and families, I don't think they have enough background in psychology, and especially psychology related to sex, or developmental psych. Cardinal Law and the one from Philadelphia seem particulary ignorant on some basic facts, such as pediophilia and homosexuality are not related to each other.
If they won't even educate themselves, I can't see as though there is a lot of hope.
I am a Catholic, and will always be one. My relationship is with the religion itself, not the imperfect mortals supposedly running the show. There's a lot of things that irritate me with the way the Church is governed, but I don't think I could be anything else. I wish I could explain that better.