There is a wide gulf between defending and trying to see a different point of view.
Look, the Catholic Church has had a lot of chances to be on the right side of history and morality, and frankly, it has whiffed on A LOT of them.
You won't see me try to explain or defend, say, killing 700 indigenous Canadian kids, or hiding pedophilia for decades, practically institutionalizing it.
Do I think the RCC is a horrible remnant of a different Era with backwards views on most moral and social rifts? Yes I do.
Do I think that means the RCC is automatically in the wrong and utterly indefensible on everything? No, I do not. Trying to look at an issue and understanding several different points of view (excluding the "let's just kill them all" style extremes) is a valuable learning experience and might change or shift your own points of view. Or it might at least help you understand how to better away people to your position. Considering all people on the other side of some imaginary line as automatically Evil, Wrong, and indefensible just puts you in an echo chamber and won't help anyone.