From The New York Times, Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the USA:
â€œAny tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted,â€ he said.
Then, on the issue of child abuse within the Church (emphasis mine):
For the second day on his first official visit to America, the pope acknowledged the â€œdeep shameâ€ caused by the sexual abuse scandal that has divided and weakened the American church. He agreed that the scandal as it unfolded was â€œsometimes very badly handled.â€ He said the church must â€œaddress the sin of abuse within the wider context of sexual mores. â€œWhat does it mean to speak of child protection,â€ the pope asked, â€œwhen pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today?â€
Basically, it’s all secular society’s fault. Get it?
Edit: To clarify why I chose these quotes, here is what I wrote in the comments section:
The sad thing is that I do value spirituality and that I do believe religious institutions can play an important role in providing moral guidance. Yet, if those very same institutions are themselves unwilling to live up to the very same moral authority they accord themselves then they are as subversive as the dreaded â€œsecular societyâ€. Even more so, because you can rightly expect them to be better.