"It makes you wonder about catholic priests in general. "
I grew up Catholic and attended a boys school run by De La Sale Brothers. I never once saw or heard about any priest acting inappropriately. Well Ok , there was one; they kept having to move him because he kept having affairs with some of the married women of his parishes.
The DeLa Salle Brothers under whose care I was placed seem in retrospect to have had an inordinate number of sadists. They beat the living crap out of us, for years. There was never a hint of any more direct sexual abuse. By the time I was in a position to sue the bastards, almost all had died .
I have long suspected that a celibate life attracts certain kinds of socially awkward and immature men .
The rate of sexual molestation may change slightly in the Catholic church due to the Popes recent ruling. Because the abuse seems to be at an institution level, I suspect real change may be limited for many years.
It is my belief such abuse happens wherever men* have power over children. I have read of it being discovered among the Amish as well as in the closed communities of Hasidic Jews.
Child abuse in the Catholic church is, I think, only the tip of a huge iceberg in terms of the rest of society…
*that should perhaps read “adults”. I do understand women also sexually abuse children, but as far as I know the scale is vastly lower. One tends to hear of women teachers seducing adolescent boys. People seem to find it difficult to take such abuse seriously. Imaging myself at say 16, and the toothsome lady lay teacher we had, it’s hard to think of such an experience as abuse. I guess I’m just shallow.