The New York Times is leading the slander and frankly folks, I'm tired of hearing about this crap! It happened, it was horrible, it is being dealt with! What else do you want from the Catholic Church? Seriously! The Pope's sermon yesterday, Palm Sunday, alluded to the scandal in the view of a newspaper's assumptions:
While he did not directly mention the scandal involving sexual abuse of children by priests, parts of his sermon could be applicable to the crisis he and the Roman Catholic Church are facing. [Note: the abuse happened in the 70s and 80s kids - it isn't a crisis NOW except in the 2nd rate and biased minds of the NYT editors!]
The newspapers are positing a point of view that the Pope will express quite firmly and clearly should he wish to do so. He hasn't. So don't assume. It makes an ass out of you for sure. It's all very fashionable and trendy to adopt a shallow, brittle pose of anti-Catholicism - it's also bullshit!
UPDATE: The Anchoress has, as usual, done her impeccable research and covers the roots of the story here. The horror stories quote a priest who was never interviewed by the NYT!