According to Richard Sipe, former priest and expert on Catholic sex abuse,
At the First National Conference for Victims & Survivors of Roman Catholic Clergy Abuse held in Chicago, October 1992 I said: “the problem of child abuse now visible is the tip of the iceberg. When the whole story of sexual abuse by presumed celibate clergy is told it will lead to the highest corridors of the Vatican.”
Corruption in the Church comes from the top down… Wherever one finds sexual abuse of minors on any level of the clergy there are inevitably men in authority above them who are sexually active themselves or who are tolerant of such behavior. If celibacy were truly and widely practiced on the highest levels of the Church there would be no room for the abuse of minors.
As I collected data on the behaviors of bishops and priests the systemic dynamic of celibate/sexual violations became more and more apparent. Bishops and priests are sexually active behind a veil of feigned abstinence. The sexual crisis of the Roman Catholic Church splashed in bold headlines across continents demonstrates the workings of their secret world.
Sipe argues persuasively, and at length, in this and other articles and books, that a compromised leadership moves from covering up for itself to covering up for those below them. Further, he argues that the demands for “perpetual and perfect chastity” (i.e., vows of celibacy) are at best, at any moment, only being kept by half of all clergy. Thus, there is a constant gap between how clergy want to be seen and how they act which makes hypocrisy and collusion in concealing this hypocrisy inevitable.