There is a very interesting Crux interview which you can read by pressing HERE by a top Jesuit expert on the Church's sex abuse crisis. While he says it isn't one or the other in terms of liberal or conservative/traditional Catholicism, he does seem to single out conservative/rigid institutions where the cult of the personality of Catholic clerics exists. Think of The Legionaries of Christ and its leader and the Chilean Fr. Karadima and his cult of the personality.
My Comments: We still tend to focus on abusers and their pathologies which is important. We need to be able to discern in various personalities that tend towards abuse and how these people in the priesthood were ordained and then basically placed in private practice with no supervision or accountability to anyone.
But also, we have to figure out why religious superiors, bishops and the pope have wanted to silence abuse victims and transfer priests from place to place rather than to laicize them or report them to the civil authorities.
It is ultimately an abuse of power but also trust. Catholic parents had such trust in the "priesthood as an institution" and the presumed holiness and moral superiority of priests, that they entrusted their boys to them for overnight trips, vacations and high school seminaries. Of course these same parents would never have entrusted their girls to these same priests. They presumed the priests were heterosexual and not homosexual, a disastrous mistake.
I think more studies need to be done on the homosexual component of the abuse, bishops, priests and laity not intervening in a serious way even when there was concern and more focus on liberality in the Church with an enabling mercy that leads to a desire to cure or place errant priests into a recovery mode all the while remaining in active ministry time and time again.
Finally I think of the Collegeville Benedictines in Minnesota who seem to have had an inordinate number of accused monks to include an Abbott or two. What are the dynamics in a progressive community?