There has been nothing to link the Pope to the sex abuse scandal. There have been attempts, but those have all been thoroughly destroyed by fact. The cover up is largely overblown. The facts are that 2/3 of the allegations for the period from 1950 to 1985 were made between 1993 and 2003. By that time half the priests accused were either dead, and another 25 percent were out of ministry. In many cases statutes of limitations had passed and criminal proceedings could not be opened. Of the third of allegations that were made timely in relation to the incident the vast majority of the cases occurred in the sixties and seventies when the prevailing psychology was that ephebophilia, which is sexual attraction to post pubescent children could be cured with counseling. In the early 80s the psychology shifted and that is when defrocking of priests with substantiated allegations began. Every report has shown that the problem is no larger than what is seen in public schools, protestant churches, the Boy Scouts, or any other institution where a lot of contact with kids is common. The fact is abuse within the church occurs at a much lower percentage than in the general population. Your assumptions are not facts. That is the narrative, but it is simply not true. The re-assigning business did occur in some areas, but it occurred during a time when it was believed these deviants could be cured. After reading the Jaye report I don't think the problem is as pervasive as it is portrayed. Surely, grave mistakes were made in the handling of some allegations, and tremendous wrong doing has occurred, but the evidence does not support a massive cover up, and external organizations the monitor these types of things have not labeled the Church as being of any degree of higher risk. Institutions that deal with children in a large capacity purchase insurance policies against the liabilities associated with abuse at the hands of clergy, volunteers, and staff, and the premiums paid by Catholic churches are no higher than those paid by the Boy Scouts.