A lot of the abuse happened on other Pope's watches: Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI. I think Popes, and other church hierarchy have a real problem dealing w/reality. Call it denial, head in the sand disease, whatever.
They can, and do, good things in the world, but tend to look @ the bigger picture. More spiritual, or something. PJII was not know as a 'micromanager'; he barely managed at all, in a beaurocratic sense. That said people loved him, and he sure knew how to make contact.
He had to practically be hit over the head w/the child abuse scandal before he even acknowledged the situation.
I believe there is a serious gap in the education of priests: the psychological impact of abuse in children. For all their piety, that info is not going to come w/o help. Even understanding doesn't help child predators. They seem incapable of "getting it". Until psychologists figure out how to overcome that problem, child abuse will continue. At least, priests ought to have the intellectual and spiritual where-with-all to understand and resist.
Having priest marry will NOT help the child abuse situation: supposedly happily married people, some professionals, with children of their own abuse others, indulge in child pornography, take special "vacations" overseas and all other sorts of other reprehensible behaviors.
If this seems like a disorganized and confused post, it's because it's a disorganized and confusing situation. It's not just priests that abuse. It's not just men, either. I doubt there's a simple solution.
I am well aware that there are child abusing priests out there; they are mere men, and I refuse to concede to them my faith or my relationship w/God and my religion. They do not deserve that power, and they can't have it from me.