Is it surprising? A system for which authority is a critical value, and authoritarianism the modus operandi, is going to behave in predictable ways.
In previous decades, lay people who complained about abusive priests were slapped down and the priests were coddled and moved. In recent years, bishops fight to hold onto files and slap down lawyers who demand them, or they pay out exorbitant sums in hush money and slap down the faithful in the pew who complain, or they come down hard on priests accused, even if there is no evidence, or they refuse to hear complaints about liturgical or theological abuses and slap down those who bring them.
In previous centuries interdict, excommunication, the rack and the stake were tools used to the same end–to intimidate, to silence, to control. The faces may change, the tools may change, the targets may change–but does the system at its heart?
Contrast with the spirit of Jesus:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”