According to several reports online, the Mother Church feels persecuted. It's tired of apologizing for molesting children. Evidently they feel that their good works ought to outweigh the commission and cover-up of hundreds if not thousands of criminal sexual acts.
In an effort to improve their image they've decided to put legal pressure on a victim's defense organization. Their obscene wealth should hire a lot of good lawyers.
No doubt the Bishops and other leaders in the Church feel that this is all a matter of religious freedom. That's a phrase they like to toss around a lot. Take this letter from the Catholic Bishops as an example of their fondness for religious freedom.
And that's just within the first four paragraphs. The phrase is used ten more times in the letter.
They completely ignore the fact that every freedom in America includes certain responsibilities. For example, freedom of speech doesn't permit you to yell "fire" in a crowd. Neither should religious freedom be (ab)used to excuse the inexcusable.
Even lay leaders are chiming in, urging the Church to quit apologizing, hire powerful lawyers, and fight for their right to molest. Bill Donohue, the outspoken Catholic League bulldog, posted in an editorial:
Spot on, Bill. Why waste money compensating victims of clergy abuse when that money could be better used to squash such a powerful foe. Obviously SNAP must be a powerful foe to incur the wrath of the Catholic League. (The Catholic League, comedian Kathy Griffin says, is “just that one guy (Donohue) and his computer”.)
Not to be outdone by a mere layperson, Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, is opposing legislation that would make the Church even more vulnerable to these whiners that would challenge its right to protect molesting priests from prosecution.
It galls me, as I would hope it does any person of reason whether they be Catholic, Protestant or non-religious, that the Church would try to excuse its priest's behavior by crying persecution and hold up the concept of religious freedom as if it were a shield to stave off responsibility. It should shame Catholics that their leadership is using its vast wealth to silence those who take an active role in trying to help victims of clerical abuse.
If this is indeed all protected under the flag of religious freedom then perhaps it's time to reconsider the wisdom of allowing religions more freedom than other for-profit institutions enjoy.