My uncle was a senior priest at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne during the 70s and 80s, but never seemed to be involved in that level of decision-making. He didn't see eye-to-eye with Archbishop Little and was moved aside from any decision making. I think he regarded the Archbishop as being quite weak and in the thrall of the Young Turks advisers.
He died more than 20 years ago, as the furore was starting to hit, after being ill for 5 years or so. The only thing I recall him saying on the subject was regarding a Christian Brother who was charged in the early 90s...Brother Dowlan (or something similar), and he said he always thought there was something 'off' about him, but didn't know what it was.
I'd be very happy to defend my uncle's reputation, but certainly not that of others involved. I seem to have inherited a number of personality facets from his, not least of those being a complete intolerance of charlatans and fools.
For the record, I became a Retired Catholic (like most RC's) more than 40 years ago and now fill in the census as No Religion.