In 2001, Benedict, who was then in charge of Vatican investigations of abuse allegations, sent a letter to bishops counseling them to forward all such cases to his Doctrine of the Faith office, where they would be subject to secrecy.

Monsignor Scicluna dismissed the idea that secrecy was imposed “in order to hide the facts.” Rather, he said, it “served to protect the good name of all the people involved, first and foremost, the victims themselves, then the accused priests who have the right, as everyone does, to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”   New York Times, March 13

I don’t think this kind of argument is going to help the Vatican. Sadly there is no evidence that decisions were ever made to protect the victims, either the ones who came forward in the first place or the ones the accused went on to abuse in their next assignment.