The priest sex-abuse scandal is the biggest crisis to hit the Roman Catholic church since the Reformation. I’ve heard that thought expressed by a number of people. It contains a lot of truth, but it also has some misconceptions. Far from being bad for the Church, the Reformation was good for the Church, including the Catholic church. In fact, a “reformation” is exactly what the Catholic church needs in order to deal with this scandal.
First of all, I commend to you an article by two evangelicals, Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty in The Federalist. The title is Why Every Christian Should Be Very Worried About the Catholic Sex Scandal.