Clerical abuse scandal costs U.S. church $2.74 billion
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/1/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Misdeeds done under the cover of trust cost dearly. A foremost example is the clerical abuse scandal. At latest count, the sexual misconduct of U.S. clergy cost American dioceses $108,954,109 in 2013. That figure is only expected to rise.
Misdeeds done under the cover of trust cost dearly ...
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a report released last month by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, only 62 percent of those funds were allotted to settlements, or $61.1 million. Therapy for abuse victims was also set at $6.1 million. Remaining funds were spent on attorneys' fees at $28.9 million and support for offenders was set at $10.4 million. Other costs were set at $2.4 million. The report was entitled "Report on the Implementation of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People."
The clerical abuse scandal cost religious institutes an additional $14,411,168 last year. These expenses brought the total cost of the clerical abuse scandal to American dioceses and religious institutes between 2004 and 2012 to $2,744,881,843: $2,351,903,157 for dioceses and eparchies, and $392,978,686 for religious institutes.
On top of everything else, the report added that dioceses, eparchies, and religious orders spent $41,721,675 for child protection efforts in 2013.
During the 2013 audit period, "370 new credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor" were lodged by 365 persons -- nine of them minors, the rest of them adults who said they were abused when they were minors.
"These allegations were made by 365 individuals against 290 priests or deacons," the report stated. Fifty-six percent of them "had already been identified in prior allegations," and 73 percent "are deceased, already removed from ministry, already laicized, or missing."
Eighty percent of those who alleged abuse were male, and abuse typically took place between the ages of 10 and 14. Most of the allegations involved incidents that took place between 1960 and 1989, particularly the 1970s.
Fifty percent of all recent allegations could not be proven, while 14 percent were classified as "substantiated" and eight percent have been found to be unsubstantiated; in other cases, the investigation is ongoing.
It must be noted that the majority, or 53 percent of allegations recently made by minors have been found to be unsubstantiated, while 18 percent have been substantiated.
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