The Pope wants to clean up the mess that is the Vatican. Priests are humans and some do nasty deeds. The big problem today is in Italy itself.
There have been two recent headline grabbing stories. They involved priest hiring prostitutes, having sex parties and other scandals involving sex. These have come to light since Pope Francis fired some Bishops.
There is an older but ongoing story of a diocese in Italy known as the Playboy Diocese. It was reported several priests engaged in fun times with women.
As a disclaimer, some of the clergy charged deny wrong doing. Some stories are still under investigation.
Six times a year the Freedom From Religion Foundation tells of new cases charging Catholic priests with sexual improprieties .
I would agree that misconduct such as this occurs in all large organizations. It may not be more common in the Catholic Church than it is in other institutions. The problem comes from the Church portraying itself as something above such behavior.
To see the importance of sexual improprieties, we need only look at Ireland. That once strongly Catholic country has seen the Church’s numbers and influence slide. The reason for the slide has been the behavior of its priests.
Probably no institution in the world has a bigger public relations staff than the Catholic Church. Until now, it has been successful at portraying itself as a pious and morally upstanding institution.
This will test its public relations staff to the max.