Let’s imagine a young catholic guy out there. This guy is considering a vocation to the priesthood.
He is reflecting on the risks. Why should he reasonably even continue to pursue a possible call from God in this direction if he has to expect the following situation one day:
He has served the Church faithfully for 21 years.
Then he is having a heavy dispute with some of his parishioners.
Half a year later, one anonymous caller contacts the diocesan abuse prevention office and tells:
‘Priest has molested me 20 years ago at St. John Doe’s parish in Farfaraway, Nowhere County, WY.’
The priest gets suspended and will never again be able to serve in a parish. Caller gets new parish priest.
Half a year later, he gets indicted and sued by A Advocates for sexual abuse 20 years ago at St. Pamela, Dust Creek, Water Valley, HI, gets convicted and has to pay 1 M (because a) victims are not to be neglected b) victims don't lie). Diocese get sued, too, and has to pay 100000 . ‘Victim’ gets new mansion and another parish priest. A Adocates has expanded it’s fortune, too.
He is discouraged by these considerations. He hopes to be ready for physical martyrdom but does not expect to be able to sustain such happenings.
Under this circumstances, why should he consider a vocation to the priesthood?