“Seventeen years ago, the Vatican dispatched a 53-year-old New York priest named Harry J.

“Seventeen years ago, the Vatican dispatched a 53-year-old New York priest named Harry J. Flynn to take over as bishop in a Louisiana diocese. His assignment was to rescue the faith of the Roman Catholics there whose children had been sexually violated by the Rev. Gilbert Gauthe, in the first nationally notorious case of a pedophile priest. The bishop could not fix everything in Lafayette, La., but in eight years he helped repair the damage. Today, as Archbishop Flynn, he closed the spring meeting of the nation’s bishops with a progress report on the “monumental effort” they have undertaken to adopt new policies to prevent sexual abuse.”