To be even more pointed, these priests, bishops, and cardinals are the chief agents of devangelization, de-Christianization, repaganization. There is nothing, nothing, that undermines the moral and theological authority of the magisterium more quickly and thoroughly than the devilish marriage of scandal and hypocrisy. It destroys the ability to evangelize.
And note that I say both moral and theological. Why should anyone now take anything the magisterium has to say seriously, whether it’s the Church’s teachings about pedophilia and homosexuality, or its teachings on the Most Holy Trinity?
It's not just that the Lavender Mafia has spend decades sexually assaulting boys, young men, and seminarians. It's that now that all the dirt has come out, the people responsible are now claiming that there's no real problem, and that we shouldn't believe our lying eyes. It's just a bunch of conservative nutcases "pouncing" on the bad news, they say. Ignore the blatant problems in the Church because they're not really real. So say the people who have turned the Vatican into a bath-house. Ignore the fact that Bergolio's boyfriend ran a male child prostitution ring in Argentina.
The people who are destroying the Church from the inside out are the same people trying to tell you that nothing is going on. Do not believe them. Hold them accountable. Hold your diocese accountable, and demand that they in turn demand answers from higher.
The Church can survive this, but only if we demand that the perverts, pedophiles, and sexual deviants currently in charge get booted out. Sometimes you have to cut off a limb in order to save the body. Let's get to cutting.