A reader (and Dreher commenter) writes:
The solution is so simple that it proves that any other being offered is simply stonewalling and avoidance. Jesus (everybody's favorite prime authority, except when He's inconvenient) said: "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” Ergo, prison sentences (Caesar's form of penance) must be served by those many who committed crimes of commission or abetting. (Remember: Driving the getaway car in a bank robbery is just as punishable as the guy with the gun stealing swag.)
Key players in this worldwide debacle must volunteer for prison sentences and say lots and lots of Hail Marys and Our Fathers for years while wearing prison orange. If this doesn't happen (starting with Cardinal Bernard Law, say) then it's clear the Church Rulers believe that real penance is not good for the soul...or that they've already lost theirs.
Turn yourselves in, all of you. Then we can begin to restore some semblance of moral integrity to the church.