In our diocese, the local newspaper ran an article speculating that our church is somehow dodging the truth in answering prosecutors’ questions in the pedophilia scandal. It has to do with a vow given to the Pope, by the hierarchy, about not causing scandal to the Church.
Is there such a vow?
Would it be a legitimate defense?
Is the vow widely known? If not, why not?
In addition, if not widely known, could that lead one to believe that there are “ranks” in the church and that Baptism does not confer full membership?