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Protective: "There's no other institution, including our public schools, that goes through what the Catholic Church now does to ensure that children are not abused," Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl says. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl says the Catholic Church, under Pope Francis, is focusing on how to "Live the Gospel," especially in a world of extreme inequality. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Protective: "There's no other institution, including our public schools, that goes through what the Catholic Church now does to ensure that children are not abused," Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl says. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Joe Iacono, 62, who was abused in the early 1960s while he was a student at St. John Vianney Catholic School in North Lake, Ill., holds a photo of him taken in 1960 when he was 9-years-old, while talking about The Archdiocese of Chicago releasing thousands of pages documenting clergy sex abuse allegations to victims' attorneys who have for years fought to hold the Catholic Church accountable for its handling of such claims, at his home Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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Joe Iacono, 62, who was abused in the early 1960s while he was a student at St. John Vianney Catholic School in North Lake, Ill., talks about The Archdiocese of Chicago releasing thousands of pages documenting clergy sex abuse allegations to victims' attorneys who have for years fought to hold the Catholic Church accountable for its handling of such claims, at his home Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)