Why was the world-wide Church so slow to tackle the matter of priestly child abuse?

Despite the mythology of the church as rigidly hierarchical and ultra-centralized, the reality is that the church is top-down only on matters of doctrine. On everything else, it is actually one of the most decentralized institutions on earth. (There are 1.2 billion Catholics and only about 2,000 officials in the Vatican. That’s a ratio of citizens to bureaucrats that would be the envy of any other government on the planet.)

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Ecumenical Sarcasm

Q: Okay, Catholics, are we so deceived?

So we have been deceived for 2000 years. Yes, that’s it! God’s deceived us for 2,000 years! After the Apostles, BAM! ALL LIES.
A: Lets see now …

Jesus gets himself crucified … dies … is buried … rises from the dead … personally establishes his Church … promises to bless it and keep it forever … with all his divine power and might … and it lasts only about 40 years.

Lights out! Over. Done.

Then he makes the world wait 1500 years for the “true faith” to be invented by a bunch of guys whom he never trained, and who never even knew him.

But wait … in the mean time … his original “failed” Church … the Catholic Church … somehow manages to overcome hundreds of years of brutal persecution … faithfully preserve all his divine truth … and successfully convert most of the known world to Christianity.

What kind of failure is that?

Is God confused … or is it those guys who showed up 1500 years late … equipped with nothing except a borrowed holy book … a book whose meaning they haven’t yet been able to understand … or agree on?

What did Jesus REALLY mean when he said this?:

Mat 28:18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Is Jesus God … or is he a powerless liar?