If the bishops (and Protestant leaders) had merely followed Paul's instructions to Timothy, there would have been no debate and there would not have been the problem faced by the Catholic Church. In 1 Timothy 3, Paul says, "The overseer must be above reproach, self-controlled, respectable...he must have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap."
That seems clear enough, doesn't it? Not sinless and not perfect, but above reproach. The reproach of the offending Catholic priests clearly rules them out as overseers. The Scriptural instruction is given for our benefit and to uphold God's good name. Violating it is a reproach on all who depart from its teachings. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.