I wonder what all the pain in the Church will lead to. Will the news cycle move on, and the public be distracted by one of the manifold disasters that are always occurring? Or will the outcry, both from individuals and governments, at last force Pope Benedict to make some essential reforms: extending zero tolerance to the universal church, and holding at least a few bishops accountable? Or a new Reformation?
I doubt that Catholics, however dissatisfied they are with the Church, will want to set up a new, reformed Catholic Church. The vast mass of the laity, 99% or more, would not want to go to the trouble of setting up a new Church, and governments are mostly no longer in the business of state churches.
I also doubt that Benedict will make the needed reforms. If has not made them already, he will not make them now, especially when the Vatican and hierarchy are full of toadies telling him everything he does is perfect and his critics are all anti-Christian.
The news cycle will move on, the Church in Europe will be weakened, but it is already dying, and for the most part the everyday life of the Church will go on, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who have kept themselves informed – but they are powerless to change anything.