I find that most people who bring this topic up aren’t angry so much that priests did bad things but that the Church hierarchy tried to cover it up. Most people can be lead to reason that it is indeed a small minority who did these acts, but what they have trouble accepting is why the Church felt the need to shelter and protect and cover up the acts of this small minority. This is why people get the impression that the Church is complicit with clerical child sexual abuse. There’s really little I as a Catholic can say to that than “the clergy involved in those cases made a grave mistake.” A mistake is a mistake, regardless of who committed it, and so now we’re living with the consequences.
The clergy involved in the cover-ups should’ve heeded Christ:
"For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." (Luke 18:17)
**“What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” ** (Luke 12:3)