[the Archdiocese]... agreed to release confidential files that disclose how the church relocated abusive clergy.The Catholic Church knew there was a problem and rather than take a PR hit, they allowed these predators to continue destroying children's lives. If this happened in a secular daycare center or public school the offender would be eviscerated and the higher-ups would also be held accountable by an outraged public. In this case the pedophiles were simply given a fresh batch of victims and left to do their evil, and the people who enabled them are walking away after frivolously spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their get out of jail free cards.
You may be wondering how this affects me. I'm not Roman Catholic, but I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Starting when I was 3 or 4 and continuing until I was 6 or 7 my brother molested me. I'm still uncovering the ways that has affected me, and have spent years in therapy looking at myself from other angles to understand why I am the way I am. Often it comes back to the sexual abuse and the domino effect it triggered.
A settlement tells victims that their trauma doesn't matter in the face of the almighty dollar. Justice is blinded by money. No matter how hard anyone may try, money can't buy or replace what was stolen from us. There is no restitution for the trauma I and other victims of sexual abuse endured. There is no way to recover what we lost.
At least some within the Catholic Church are willing to buck the system. In the first comment to the Washington Post article, Sister M. Immaculata Dunn says:
The saddest thing behind the actual sexual abuse itself, is that so many of these good, good people have lost faith because of what was done to them in the name of God.It's largely because of what happened to me that I never had faith in the Christian god to begin with.