What's interesting is that there is a power shift going on. The power of the clergy is being reduced while the power of the laity is being increased. For instance, catholic schools, hospitals and welfare are now run by the laity.
No one gives up power voluntarily so the clergy have been forced to give up some power. And the child abuse scandals have been used as a weapon to force the clergy to give up some power. And this technique has been very successful in transferring power from the clergy to the laity.
This is reminiscent of the transfer of power from the catholic church to the crown of England by the dissolution of the catholic monasteries.