The problem in the case of the Church is what appears to be the widespread and systematic protection afforded to the abusers at the expense of the children who were abused.
The Church is (in theory) supposed to support it's community - and yet repeatedly and over decades when they discovered these men were abusing children they actively did nothing to stop it.
That simply goes against all logic. Unless one factors in the greater desire to protect the image of the Church. The question of damaging the Church notwithstanding - and the damage now is far greater than if they had dealt with it at the time - who in their right mind once discovering abuse is taking place helps the abuser cover it up?
I think that's the most painful thing for people - the wrong people were helped.
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