It's bad enough that some Catholic priests are pedophiles/pederasts. It's downright unconscionable for the Church to protect and shield the priests who had committed crimes from the judicial system.
As an example, one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of sexually abusing children during the Catholic Church's widespread and costly sexual abuse scandal was Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was the Vatican's papal nuncio or ambassador in Santo Domingo. In 2013 Santo Domingo police found more than 100,000 child porn videos and photos on Wesolowski's office computer at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic. Wesolowski was also accused of raping numerous children in the Dominican Republic and Poland.
But Vatican officials secretly removed Wesolowski from his post in Santo Domingo so as to avoid criminal prosecution. It was only when reports began to circulate that the accused child rapist was free to wander the streets of Rome, which resulted in popular outrage, that the Vatican placed Weslowski under house arrest in September 2014.
Scheduled for July 11, 2015, his trial was postponed because of an "unexpected illness". On August 27, 2015, Weso?owski was found dead in his residence from a heart attack. (See "Pope Francis' Vatican: a cesspool of pedophiles and homosexuals")