Enter the pope, making this damage-control trip to the U.S.
En route to the U.S., Benedict XVI told journalists that the scandal is "a great suffering for the Church in the United States and for the Church in general and for me personally that this could happen. It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission… to these children. I am deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible so this cannot happen again in the future." 
Well, Benedict might find it difficult to understand, but we don't. Ordinary thinking people can easily understand the cause of it! It is caused by a monstrous priestly system in which the priests are forbidden to marry, a system which attracts sodomites and other sexual deviants to its ranks in large numbers, a system which, through its iniquitous practice of auricular confession, fills the minds of priests with all kinds of polluted thoughts, stirring up all kinds of lusts, and which protects them when they go out and act on those lusts by "forgiving" them when they "confess" to a fellow priest and whisking them away to some other location where they can continue to abuse children in secret.
But in truth, we doubt that Benedict really finds it difficult to understand. He, after all, rose up through the ranks of the priesthood himself. He is no fool. He knows what goes on. He is part of the system and has been all his life. Perhaps he feels ashamed as he says; but how can we trust anything that comes out of his mouth? And as for saying that they will do what is possible so that this cannot happen again in the future, he knows perfectly well that it will never be eradicated. It has gone on for many long centuries, and it will continue as long as this antichristian religious system lasts.
The papal visit to the USA at this time was, first and foremost, an attempt to contain the damage done by the massive priestly sex abuse scandal, and an attempt to fix it as far as possible. Did his visit succeed in this? Apparently so, at least to a large extent. Consider this:
Benedict held an unscheduled meeting with victims of priestly sexual abuse. A Vatican statement said, "They prayed with the Holy Father, who afterwards listened to their personal accounts and offered them words of encouragement and hope. His Holiness assured them of his prayers for their intentions, for their families and for all victims of sexual abuse." According to Vatican spokesman and Jesuit priest, Federico Lombardi, it was a very emotional meeting, and some were in tears. 
"It's what I've wanted since 2003," said one of the victims about the meeting with the pope, "and now I finally got it." He also said of Benedict's sermon at the papal mass in Washington, that his "sermon there and his apology about the sexual abuse blew me away, and I had tears in my eyes that I wasn't expecting to have. It was an incredible moment for me." Another victim said, "I didn't end up saying anything [to the pope]. I got up to him and I burst into tears. But honestly, I don't think any words I could have said… my tears alone – it just spoke so much."
Another victim said that one thing he and the others needed to do during the meeting "was to allow the Holy Father to be the Holy Father. And I think there was a great balance between that and him hearing us. I've been hopeful; I've been hopeful for eight years. I have struggled in my spirituality. But hope has been my faith, and my hope was restored today. From what I heard, and I believe we received a promise today, and I believe not only myself but a lot of people received a promise today."