Yes, sex abuse occurred in the Church ever since there have been human beings in the Church Jesus founded in order to save sinners, btw!
The pre-Vatican II Church after the Council of Trent was the result of an authentic reform movement of the counter-reformation that resulted in the renewal of the Church on many levels, especially as it regarded religious orders, seminaries, and the clergy. Thus we had a very strict hierarchy to include those who were members of the clergy and religious life. There was a no nonsense theology.
And there were many protocols that the post-Vatican II Church leadership mocked and derided. What are some of these? No particular friendships (why do you think that was???). Custody of the eyes (why do you think that was???). Going out in public in pairs. Curfews. Strict criteria for the acceptance of candidates such as proper affectivity according to gender, no mental illness in one's family, not coming from a "broken home" (why do you think that was?) Yes, this ruled out many people and kept many unsuitable candidates out of the seminary and religious life, some perhaps wo might have been good but the greater good meant sacrificing these. Perhaps those older than me can indicate other rules that clearly were for discipline and order.
All of these reforms of Trent were thrown out the window after Vatican II.
What is needed today is a recovery of the Tridentine Catholic identity. It means what Pope Benedict promoted, not a suppression of Vatican II, but its proper interpretation in continuity with the Council of Trent, not in rupture with it. It also means acknowledging that Vatican II was a pastoral council not a doctrinal or dogmatic council and some of the pastoral suggestions taken to their logical conclusion have weakened Catholic identity, missionary efforts and zeal.
As everyone who reads my blog knows, I support the expansion of the celebration of the EF Mass where it is appreciated. But this Mass is appreciated only by an elite group of Catholics both lay and clergy.
What is needed is the Ordinary Form Mass renewed in continuity with the EF but without tossing out the baby with the bath water. I have reiterated over and over again that the template for the renewal of the OF Mass already exists in the Ordinariate's glorious Divine Worship, the Missal.
There has to be a recovery of Latin and Gregorian Chants in its various forms.
There has to be an allowance of the vernacular for the changing parts of the Mass.
Ad orientem must be recovered!
Kneeling for Holy Communion must be recovered!
As with the EF Mass, better training needs to be recovered for the ancillary ministries of the Mass especially for altar servers.
There needs to be a school of theology and/or training for lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and openness to female participation in these ministries where proper training and certification occur with a lay subdeaconate.
As it concerns sex abuse of minors, the biggest scandal isn't the fact that corrupt/sick/compromised clergy abused minors, but that bishops did not act in a way that protected the laity and their children but rather enabled serial molesters to continue in ministry after so-called therapy.
The reform of this mentality is very easy and civil law that incarcerates bishops who do such things would end this corruption almost completely, as well as the arrest, conviction and incarceration of the priests who are sexual abusers. Laicization of bishops, priests and deacons guilty of crimes of commission and cover-up will help as well.
We don't need to remake the Church. Just strengthen the efforts of the Council of Trent when it comes to authentic reform and renewal in the Church of today. Don't go back to Vatican II. It has been a disaster for the Church on many fronts because it allows for an interpretation of Catholicism that in breach with the Coucnil of Trent!