Haven't read the book, but it does sound like it's in line with what we know about the Catholic Church and its abuse cover ups.
I don't really understand why it was hidden. Surely they must have known that eventually it would get out and it would have been far better to admit it at the time and do something about it than wait for someone else to report it and destroy any illusions that people had about the Catholic Church being 'good'. They were obviously scared it would damage their reputation..... well it's much worse now!
I don't really understand why it was hidden. Surely they must have known that eventually it would get out
I don't think they thought it would ever come out. It was an open secret for many years. You didn't tell your parents what the teachers at school did, or if you did they backed them up (note: only one incident I was involved in could be described as sexual).
In many cases you went to the same school your parents had been to and your parents were as scared of the teachers as you.
And that's the teachers. Priests were on another level all together.
I think the reason this 'broke' in the USA is because there are 'militants' for want of a better word.