We know from all studies that pedophilia, the abuse of pre-adolescent children is a miniscule problem in the priesthood as evil and pathological as it is. The few cases of actual pedophilia were exacerbated by bishops who transferred these priests from place to place after mental illness treatment. Thus some abusers could have had hundreds of victims.
The major problem which again is a small percentage of priests has to do with Ephebophilia which can manifest itself in three ways, heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual. It isn't so much a true pathology that can't be overcome like pedophilia, but an issue of mental illness, immaturity or arrested sexual development. In the Catholic priesthood, the small percentage who are warped with this sexual desire for teenagers (but also like sex with adults) are homosexuals. It has little to do with heterosexual priests who like to have sex with teenage girls or adult women. They like sex with both, like the homosexual priests. The Catholic priesthood problem is overwhelming homosexually driven.
But even here, bishops transferred these homosexual priests from parish to parish after so-called treatment thus exacerbating the number of victims and/or potential victims.
Thus this leads us to the second problem and it really is the primary problem BISHOPS.
Bishops accepted homosexually inclined candidates as seminarians. Those not inclined to want sexual relationships with actual teenage boys or those men who look like teenagers, wanted consensual sex with other homosexual seminarians or those they may have thought were homosexual. Or simply they were overcome with heterosexual seminarians with whom they were attracted.
This is how the homosexual cabal in the priesthood developed with networking, not to seduce teenagers but to find consensual sex partners. And with the new social media and apps, this cabal can truly connect in unbelievable ways and worldwide.
Bishops have completely ignored this and called it something else. It is incredible to read some of Cardinal Cupich's remarks on this because he is an intelligent man who knows better.
One can also read commentaries from the National Catholic Reporter to find the same sort of politically correct garbage spewed out to obfuscate the actual problem.
The third problem is Vatican II. No progressives want to critique this Council with its savage results on the Church for the past 50 years or more. This is absolutely stunning and the worse kind of idolatry. This isn't to say there were some positive developments, but the poison of what has happened to the Church overwhelms any goodness. It's like drinking a perfectly good glass of fine wine which has a contaminant in it. I am afraid Vatican II is the contaminant of the fine glass of wine of the Church prior to Vatican II. And any problems in the Church prior to Vatican II could have easily been addressed without an ecumenical council the scope of Vatican II!
Every aspect of the Church was affected by this revolution of destruction of Catholicism and its culture. The major changes have to do with what the Ordained Priest's true mission and identity are. This is then related to the laity's true identity, corrupted by Vatican II which turned them into want-to-be "lay" clerics with the disease of clericalism too as it concerns authoritarianism.
Then the priest's identity at the celebration of the Mass is reduced to being a presider, not a priest as understood prior to Vatican II. And his identity outside of the celebration of the Sacraments is reduced to that of a social worker which truly is the ministry/apostolate of the laity or those laity, male or female in consecrated religious life.
As it concerns openness to the world, other religions and Protestantism, this has led to the loss of Catholic idenity, either to godless secularism or to the heresy of universalism.
IN OTHER WORDS, THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE LOSS OF PRIESTLY IDENTITY AND LAY CATHOLIC IDENTITY CAUSED BY VATICAN II WHICH CAN ALSO BEEN UNDERSTOOD AS A FOUNDATIONAL CAUSE OF THE CURRENT APOCALYPSE ESEPCIALLY RELATED TO LOSS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY OF THE PRE-VATICAN II CHURCH!
But if one wants to speak of clericalism, the cult of the priesthood is relegated to the cult of the personality of the particular priest, bishop or pope. Clericalism, not so much in the exclusive cultic action of the priest, but in terms of his personality is major disorder today. And yes, the priest facing the congregations as a sort of cultic entertainer is the problem liturgically, not to mention the abuse of the liturgy through creativity and ad libbing.
Of course the abuse of the trust of the laity is a major betrayal which begins with bishops who did not warn the laity of the pathology in the priesthood in their various dioceses until it was too late and media pressure caused post-Vatican II bishops to change. Yes, media pressure, not the law of God! SCANDAL!