I think it was a major major PR flaw to have the two linked in any way.
Sadly, it does seem that in the past, the Vatican has viewed women's issues (ordination, "uppity" nuns, abortion) as more serious than the abuse of children.
I mean, just recently an extremely well-respected nun, Sister Margaret McBride, was excommunicated for saving a mother's life by allowing the termination of a pregnancy.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/op...27kristof.html
She was excommuniated rather quickly--yet known pedophile priests have remained on-staff for years upon end.
I remember back during the election one Cardinal saying that he would not allow a pro-choice politician communion. (Think it was a Kennedy, but not Edward.)
: Yet, priests who abused children not only received communion, but gave it to others... heard confessions...etc.
I know that there are Priests and other Vatican officials who are troubled by pedophile priests... and not just because of the bad PR and financial drain they put on the Church. Sadly, it just seems that they are not in power.