I assume you are up on the goings on in the Diocese of Cleveland. I was rather surprised by a priest friend visiting from PA that he hadn’t heard about it. I would have assumed that it was national news - and maybe it was but it didn’t hit his radar screen.
A relatively recently ordained priest in the Diocese of Cleveland was arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for dealings with child porn the exact nature of which is not yet clear (to me). People ask, “Why couldn’t he have been weeded out earlier?”
In our day, there is a tremendous amount of time and resources invested in vetting a man who is going to potentially serve as a priest in the Catholic Church. Over the course of six to nine years, a man is constantly under observation, formation and review as he moves toward ordination. Not an hour or so a week but constantly - daily. On a regular basis, he is interviewed by, works with and is formed and evaluated by clergy and religious, lay men and women of all ages, Catholics and non-Catholics, psychologists, various professionals and non-professionals and taking numerous and on different occasions as they pass through the years psychological and other tests and evaluations.
So, how could the seminary not know that this man might be unfit for orders?
There are two (perhaps among others) answers to that question. The first involves marriage. Ask any priest of some seasoned years about marriages that have broken up after 10, 15, 20 years because all of a sudden the spouse discovered something about the other that that person had kept successfully hidden for decades. How could this person you are “one” with, shared a bed, parented and went to Church with not know this secret? Yet it happens.
The other for this article is this: Psychological tests and such are great for detecting psychological problems, but they often fall short of being able to detect evil. Evil is not their purview necessarily. But evil always makes itself know - at least eventually. That is when it is important to be community - to be Church - and to deal with it and remove the evil from our midst (which is why accountability by all is so important especially when it comes to the most vulnerable among us.)
It may take a community to raise a child, but it also takes a community to protect them.