New laws governing sex abuse within the Church could be issued soon according to this video.
The problem with any Church Law is will priests and bishops obey it? The answer can be gauged by their obedience Liturgical Law. Fr Hunwicke has an interesting comparison here.
I think on the whole, as unpleasant as all this crisis is, it will underline the need for Law within the Church and proper procedures. Bishops or even Bishop's Conferences cannot make up the rules on their own without regard for Peter.