eh, I know how this going to come across with my Catholic back ground but....
the pope wasn't addressing the actual crime. That priest was found guilty by the church and is now essentially under house arrest for the rest of his life after the local government wouldn't/couldn't/didn't charge him.
the protests and comments were about a potential cover up by a Bishop, 4 years after the fact. so far nothing has been brought forth to say this third party is guilty of anything and the Pope has said he will stand behind him until something can be proven. considering the Church took a stance already on the case, punishing the guilty, I doubt it would be any different if found guilty, this Bishop would also face "charges"
again it seems that the government just doesn't want to touch the case.
but please continue to not read up on the subject matter and base your opinions on assumptions and click bait titles.