I would think that being a Catholic priest who had interaction with an alcoholic priest who abused a child in the past and who was truly, honestly repentant and then meeting the victim later (after knowing the priest) would be torn with sympathy for both... you know, the forgiveness thing with us. However, the forgiveness cannot be given to the abusing priest by anyone except the abuse victim.
It would be a hard line to walk - I couldn't do it. However, with additional years of experience, Fr. G. now understands the victims and the anger they have within them. Which is something that I am working on at times --- it's hard to have a lot of sympathy for folks who yell and scream obscenities at you (and your children) when you are trying to enter a church in order to attend Mass. This happens in one particular parish here week after week. Even with Cardinal Law gone. They still verbally abuse and intimidate parishioners who had nothing to do with any of this. In fact, it happened again yesterday at the Lenten Mass. Two dozen protesters outside yelling and screaming and two inside --- stood up and faced backwards while the new bishop gave his homily and when the bishop was done, they left. Tripped leaving the pew, though.
Is this VOTF? That kind of stuff is ridiculous. As you say, the parishioners had nothing to do with what Law did, and Law's gone anyway.
They're not going to gain any additional converts with tactics like this.