The reputation of Godfried Cardinal Danneels lies in ruins - read this from Reuters.
Paedophilia is one thing, cover up is another. The problem seems to be bishops thinking of the Church of Jesus Christ in the same way as the directors of Enron on Lieberman Brothers.
As a young bishop Daneels was a lion of the left, pushing everything that was liberal and fashionably innovative, the trouble is that those who marry the fashionable find themselves a widow in the morning. The young liberal Daneels became the old conservative Daneels protecting with a passion the structures he had created.
The big problem in the Church today is "conservatism" which always tends to be about protecting the image of the Church the conservatives have created. We see it in the various magic circles of self selecting Episcopal Conferences throughout the world, or in bishops with a very fixed notion of a "diocesan profile" which excludes priests and others with a passion for radical orthodoxy. We see this sort of conservatism in those elderly groups who want to "Stand-up 4 V2", their own interpretation, or promote a "We are Church" agenda that of course excludes any concept of the Church that might contradict their own narrow and conservative construct.
One of the great problems with this type of conservatism is that is rootless, it has no depth, it is also deeply anti-intellectual, it talks continually about Church but rarely about Christ, it chatters about theology but never penetrates its depths, it is always anthropocentric and rarely theocentric. It is essentially Godless, it is neither bouyed up by the joy of the Resurrection nor fears Judgement.
No wonder the Pope seems to distance himself from the agenda of the conservative factions in the Curia and seems to promote those with some grasp or yearning for Radical Traditionalism.