After almost 2000 years of greed, immorality and heinous crimes (of all types), the Roman Catholic Church now seems to be coming under public scrutiny. But as the frequently used phrase goes, it is too little, too late.
From the time of the great apostasy, they have had bloody and dirty hands. They persecuted, tortured and killed dissidents (as heretics) from the beginning. Faithful Christians were first treated thusly by the Roman government, but the Catholics took over and continued this treatment toward those who were trying to remain faithful.
Not only did they persecute Christians, their hierarchy has been a cesspool of immorality, criminal sexual activity and almost every other thing imaginable. When I was a child, back in the 1930's, my parents told me of a scandal in the Catholic church, where slain babies were found buried under a Convent (or perhaps a church building), some of the newborns were ripped asunder before burial. These were offspring of illicit sexual activities between the priests and nuns.
During my tour of duty in the army during the Korean conflict, perhaps my best friend, was a Catholic, a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago. (One of the Catholic church's most touted schools.) When I confronted him with the above mentioned incident, he did not attempt to justify the slaughter of the infants, but he did try to show that sex between the priests and nuns was scriptural and right since the priests were representatives of Christ and the nuns were representative of the church, the bride of Christ!
They have been masters of cover-ups although there have been numerous unexplained incidents that have caused many questions. And their enormous political and financial powers have kept them from much trouble and publicity over the centuries. I may be wrong, but I have not known of any culprit among them, having ever been punished by civil law, at least to any extent comensurate with the crimes. And they probably will not this time.