A very important distinction is that these were priests molesting innocent children in the house of God. Why didn't God intervene? Even if the priests doing the molesting were evil, they were surrounded by enablers. When the kids told their parents, why did their parents dismiss the complains? When the church leaders found out, why did they move the bad priests to another church where they were able to molest more innocent kids. The kids were praying for the abuse to stop. The church leaders pray to God for guidance. Did God advise the church leaders to keep everything secret and move the priest to a new church where he could molest more children? If there's any place where God should know what's going on, it's in church. If there's any place where God should intervene to stop what's happening, it's when innocent Christian children are being sexually abused in church. The abuse destroyed families. Children had deep emotional problems that lead to anger, drug, and sexual issues. Some of the children committed suicide. Why did that have to happen and why didn't God do anything about it?
I can understand thinking there is something spiritual out there, but the priests molesting kids should cause a serious evaluation of whether the Christian view of that spiritual force is correct. The Catholic church has the largest amount of Christian followers and was founded by the followers of Jesus. If any church should represent God, it's the Catholic church. The fact that this level of corruption goes on the church should signify that there is something significantly inconsistent with Christianity. God is supposedly all powerful and interacts with humans all the time. People on this board say that God speaks to them and guides them. It's hard to believe that can be true when children are molested by supposed agents of God and seemingly God doesn't do anything about it.
Ya know, it's not going to help to try to explain God, because you don't believe and that's ok. Or if you do believe how could you think another would have the answers you also have. To the one who knows and searches for the one greater than himself. Often stumbles in his life and then remembers a time in his life when His Faith was stronger and because of his faith helped or is helping him through his personal trails. So trying to convince you or others with logic you require isn't possible. And as a Christian I don't want to try to convince you to believe. It is a failure in my part and a sin I will carry so on my day off judgement if Jesus forgives me or not with my other sins of the place where my eternal soul will be was my own doing.
Pettiness, of another is wrong and trying to put questions to one, who himself doesn't know. And the questions ask to the other only proves to the non-believers mind, that he is correct and feels justified. You know there will not be anything that he, l or anyone else can tell you to convince you otherwise. It has not happened since before or after the birth of Christ.
This is why the OP is reaching out to others of faith or or good moral beliefs. To aide him in his search. Faith didn't molest the children, but a man! And that man is not a representative of faith or the church, because other men in the church failed as well and all who knew. Justice may not be served on earth, but it will be done. Maybe you can open a thread with your questions, and get the answers you can accept. Or at the very least create a outlet to prove to oneself that you, are not alone in your beliefs.
Now enough for me to stop the threadjack.