No cardinal or bishop has ever been laicized or defrocked by the Church for concealing rape and sexual violence, protecting offending priests or failing to report and cooperate with civil authorities in the investigation and prosecution of these types of cases. In fact, it appears that more often the opposite has occurred.
“Fighting for the Future: Adult Survivors Work to Protect Children & End the Culture of Clergy Sexual Abuse.” Submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). February 2013. Page 11.