The Church has teachings which call homosexuality "disordered" which is viewed by many secularists with great power to be hateful or hate speech.
The Church has teachings which say only men can be ordained priests, only heterosexual couples can be married and abortion and artificial contraception are immoral all of which are viewed by secularists with great power to be discriminatory and dangerous for women, gays and society.
The Church has its own societal system to include laws, canon laws, and historically has taken care of internal issues relating to illegal behavior of clergy through in-house means carried out by the pope and bishops. This is viewed by many in the Church and powerful secularists as cover-up and punishable by prison sentences.
Thus, we have now entered a new phase in Church/State relations where the state is exerting its authority over the Church to try and convict the hierarchy and it may well reach the papacy itself as these secularists, as powerful as they are and with victories in hand a Cardinal in Australian already in a maximum security prison and a French Cardinal given a suspended sentence after he was convicted of cover-up.
It is not inconceivable that Mr. Ted McCarrick, a former cleric and cardinal, could well be placed on trial somewhere in the USA and convicted and sent to prison for actual sex abuse, similar to what has happened to Cardinal Pell.
The only safe place for popes and cardinals is the nation of Vatican City unless this small nation is conquered by Italy which could happen.
If my memory serves me correctly and John Nolan can correct me, when Pope Benedict went on his triumphal pilgrimage to England, there was a certain atheist calling for his arrest for crimes against humanity.
Is it likely that Pope Benedict has chosen to remain in the Vatican to prevent such a thing happening to him even as an "emeritus?"
Thus Sandro Magister, that great Vaticanista has a sobering article this morning in LaStampa, an Italian newspaper: