Its not a big secret that the Vatican has conistently protected those accused of child sexual abuse, even to the point of moving priests to jurisdictions where they couldn't be tried for past transgressions.
I would both agree and disagree with this. The Church, like any major institution, has always been keenly aware of its reputation, and done its best to protect it. However, one must remember that the Church's belief in punishment is not quite the same as that of society at large. In society, when you do something wrong, we put you in prison. The Church has a pretty ancient belief in the value of confession and true repentance. You can literally be forgiven for ANYTHING as long as you confess and repent. I would imagine that what the Church did upon finding a priest who had violated his priestly vows was to recall and confront him, then engage in a series of counseling sessions interspersed with a lot of prayer.
Tearful confessions and admissions that they've been weak, and then the reinforcement of prayer and such would be seen at one point as sufficient to get the priest to realize the errors of his ways and change them. I'm quite sure it even worked at times. But equally clearly it didn't always.
We must also remember that child sexual abuse was not much understood and not really taken that seriously by society. Children who reported such things to adults tended to be punished, whether it involved the church, a doctor, a teacher, or "uncle larry". In fact, most large extended families had at least one uncle larry who everyone knew not to leave alone with the small kiddies. He wasn't reported, wasn't even shunned. He was considered eccentric and weird, but not really dangerous. The empathy and understanding just wasn't there in the past. I remember well into the `70s Saturday Night Life had a regular, recurring character, Uncle Roy, who was a child molester. Two of the cast would act like children, and Uncle Roy would try to get them to stick their hands into his pockets or sit on his lap, while making all sorts of leering double entendres. People thought child molesters were just strange and bizarre, and didn't really take it seriously.
It doesn't surprise me the Church handled the whole issue badly. As an organization they've been terrified of anything even remotely related to sex for centuries. Small wonder no one wanted to deal with priests abusing children, or had any idea what to do about it once they could no longer avoid it.
The discovery (or not) of serious evidence is irrelevent to the legality or appropriatness of the raid. Either the raid was legally justified, or it wasn't. The results of the raid have no bearing on that.
I dunno. Drilling into tombs in search of documents? There are also reports the media showed up a half hour before the police, having been tipped. If nothing is achieved by this raid other than abusing bishops and giving the media a good story then I'd say the justification of it didn't exist.
“Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear.” Ralph Waldo Emerson