A common ploy for both political and religious leaders whose criminal activity has hurt others is to attempt to portray themselves as the victims when their deeds are being exposed in the media. In effect they are saying "Let's ignore the criminal activity I did. Instead let's focus on how much I don't want my misdeeds exposed".
During Easter church services Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals claimed that publicizing and denouncing the sexual abuses of children by Catholic priests amounts to "petty gossip". He said that the attempts by the leadership of the Catholic Church to deflect this publicity shows "unfailing" leadership and courage! The Pope himself refuses to discuss charges that as a Church official, he permitted Catholic priests under his leadership to continue molesting children.
"Holy Father, the people of God are with you and will not let themselves be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials that sometimes assail the community of believers," Sodano said.
I don't think the object is to prevent more criminals charges to be filed. That will happen no matter what the spin. I think the reason that the Church officials want to downplay the sexual abuse of children is to prevent Church membership from dropping. Let's face it... who is crazy about belonging to a church whose leaders are a bunch of child molesters? But can this ploy actually work?