It promotes situational pedophilia. It needs to go. And it will.1. Celibacy is a discipline for Catholic Priests of the Latin rite. Or "Roman Catholic" as the English speaking world labels it. Every Priest is aware of this sacrifice prior to their ordination. For the 22 Catholic rites of the east, there is not a celibacy rule. Of the 500 million Orthodox Church, celibacy is also not a rule.
Can you guess why there is celibacy rule, and why it will disappear? Hint: follow the money.
There is nothing to understand. How is pedophilia misunderstood? Who doesn't think that pedophilia is a crime in a culture where it its illegal? And how does there is pedophilia outside the church when deciding how to deal with it inside the church?2. True there has been a 'cover up' I guess. But you have to understand that most of these cases were from a time period where pedophilia wasn't understood. Every organization - secular included- didn't think of child sexual attraction as crime but a condition that's treatable. Now for some reason, only the Catholic Church gets blasted for not punishing the guilty when the US government, the school system, military, athletic organizations did the same damn thing.
Christians don't seem to know how they are perceived when they function as apologists for organized pedophilia. Any attitude other an unqualified statement that the crimes are egregious, intolerable, and need to be prosecuted vigorously demeans your character and values. Decent people simply will not accept such arguments, and will think less of you for being willing to make them.
And you really have no duty to defend or promote a church that expects you to do so while covering up crimes. It asks you to defend the indefensible. Let the priests do that themselves.
What evidence is there that the church is "better than yesterday"?3. Today the Catholic Church has a zero tolerance policy. Not that its fully perfect ... but at least its better than yesterday. Hopefully other organizations will follow.
And who believes your church when it claims zero tolerance? It's obviously willing to say and do anything to protect its treasure.
And no organization should follow the Catholic church. None comes close to its crimes. It is the world's largest sex syndicate, and in America, it should be prosecuted under the RICO (racketeering) statutes.
Sorry to be so blunt, but you've chosen the wrong side of this issue, and you should be ashamed to be defending such an institution.