Mark Shea does the important work here. His first flaw is the notion that those who are wanting to look at the question of homosexuality are somehow using it to deflect from the Bishops. I'm sure there are some who are. But I have heard plenty of people wanting both to hold the Bishops accountable and look at such things as the modernist/progressive trends within the last few generations of Catholicism.
Just yesterday, many decidedly conservative Catholics made a great deal about the daily readings, with the emphasis on holding the shepherds of Israel's flock accountable. Mark, on the other hand, does what he says not to do. He portrays it as an either/or. You must either go after the Bishops or you can try to investigate the role of homosexuality or feminism or other liberal influences in this longstanding affront to the Gospel.
Fact is, you can - and should - do both. Mark's dogged defense of Catholicism's recent moves toward liberalism is no different than any who would try to deflect to something like homosexuality to avoid going after the Bishops. His willingness to defend even the rather unChristian notion that a person should be labeled according to his sexuality because it's what the world nowadays says to do shows how far he will go in circling the wagon.
Right now the Church is at a crossroads. Will Catholics go beyond the divisions to find the solution? Or are they so entrenched that they will erect barbed wire fences around this or that pet priority? Only by looking at all - and I mean all - of the factors behind this terrible scandal can the Church hope to recover and move forward.
It should be noted that by looking at all of the problems, perhaps the Church will lose its place among the privileged and the beautiful people who get invited to all the best parties. I hope that's a price that Catholics are willing to pay. The good news is that most, contrary to what Mark suggests, are looking at all of the parts that have played out in this sad tragedy. And least so far.
Unfortunately, as Mark demonstrates all too well, there is a concerted effort by not a few Catholics to insist that no matter how egregious the sins of this horrific scandal, and no matter how many are hurt, there are some questions they simply will not allow to be asked.
BTW, I won't discuss the comments section on Mark's post, which is made up of folks cheering the usual pro-gay, or anti-JPII or similar ideals that are a staple on his blog. There comes a time when I might as well go back to the Friendly Atheist for all it's worth.