As the old saying goes, "the best defense is a good offense," but what the Vatican is doing is just plain offensive, and there is certainly nothing good about it. Too many supposedly holy men in the ranks of the Roman Catholic Church are guilty of "offsides and holding," and "backfield in motion," in the worst possible way, and they need to be severely penalized. By throwing a flag on the media instead of cleaning house and starting over with a new team, the Vatican is running the same old play it always has, attempting to blame decent Catholics and non-Catholics who have simply had enough of the Vatican's junior league antics.
There is no reason that the Catholic faithful should have to endure this sort of garbage from their "leadership." That the men in the cloth dresses and gold jewelry actually think anyone believes them at this point only serves to reinforce how delusional they really are. It's time to throw the book at these miscreants, and I don't mean the bible. If this were a strictly American organization, it would be appropriate to bring up the Vatican on RICO charges, as in Racketeer Influenced Crime Organization.