and the whining coming from Rome and South Hadley is deplorable.
It is a complete, inexcusable, firing-level failure to have been in charge of an organization of any size – church, diocese, or Church – in which children are being widely, systematically sexually abused and in which the perpetrators are regularly served new plates of victims, and the same applies to being the principal of a school, or the superintendent of a school system where students have departed so far from decency that they drive one of their number to kill herself.
The word knowingly does not appear in the foregoing paragraph, because it is a complete, inexcusable, firing-level failure to not know what the hell is going in an enterprise that has been entrusted to you. It is not your job merely to react to stuff people might or might not put before you: it is your job to find out what’s happening, which means to proactively gather information and to make sure people feel (i) safe telling you stuff, and (ii) at risk if you ever find out they had something to share and didn’t.
“I didn’t know this was happening” can only be the opening of a letter of resignation and an enduring badge of shame. It’s not even slightly an excuse or exculpation. “I knew about it and did nothing/covered it up” is even worse. In the words of Dick Cheney, “So?”