Of course they are not operating under the Holy Spirit but where do you get your number of 4x the number of people standing by and letting it happen?
I don't think anyone on this thread has said or even implied that child abuse or allowing child abuse to happen is acceptable, moral or legal. I think we are all pretty much on the same wavelength on that one. I think everyone has agreed that those who knew about it should be dealt with severely.
However, you make sweeping generalisations about the whole Catholic Church. That is unfair on the tens of millions of honest, law abiding Roman Catholics. The Church is the people of God, it is not the institution. I do believe that there are those in high up positions in the Church who had no knowledge of individual events and there are those who did. And those who did know should be called to account.
"Unless you have something a little bigger in your torpedo tubes, I'm not turning around!"