I guess what is bothering me is that I have known and talked to Catholics in my life, and I don't believe that any of them would approve or condone the behavior in the least. I have had some limited exposure to the functional structure of Catholic organizations as well and I don't believe that there is anything in particular inherent in that structure that would lead to this type of behavior. I'm tempted to just write this off as the corruption that power brings, but I find that I lack intimate knowledge or understanding of the Vatican.
"Knowing there is a world that will outlive you, there are people whose well-being depends on how you live your life, affects the way you live your life, whether or not you directly experience those effects.
You want to be the kind of person who has the larger view, who takes other people’s interests into account, who’s dedicated to the principles that you can justify; like justice, knowledge, truth, beauty and morality.