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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 07:56 AM

The U.S. Catholic Church Spent $281,611,817 on Child Sex Abuse Cases in 2019

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The U.S. Catholic Church Spent $281,611,817 on Child Sex Abuse Cases in 2019
By Hemant Mehta, June 28, 2020

According to a yearly audit of the Catholic Church by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released on Thursday, the number of allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy members skyrocketed to 4,434 between July of 2018 and June of 2019.

Compare that to 1,451 the year prior. It’s not that that many incidents occurred in a single year; rather, notes Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post, the number reflects the “result of new church-run compensation programs for victims as well as survivors driven to come forward by several major clerical abuse scandals.”

Remember that a number of states, like New York, legislated a one-year window for victims who were previous time-limited out of the legal system to come forward with any allegations. The 4,434 number suggests that many people in those states — 37% of the total number — did indeed report their allegations of abuse.

That said, 37 of those complaints involved people who are currently minors, suggesting clerical abuse is not only a problem of the past. (Some of those complaints were unsubstantiated.)

Church officials still think that’s cause for celebration:

Church officials said the fact that there remains such a small number of claims of recent abuse shows that their reforms are working and that the jump in reporting of older claims reflects confidence complaints will be taken seriously.

“It reflects the same pattern we’ve been seeing — there hasn’t been a real uptick in cases since the Charter,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, the chairman of the National Review Board, a committee created by the Catholic Church in 2002 to oversee the implementation of the Charter. “I think the data is out there to show that the Church has been the one institution that has really taken an institutional approach to this and put in place policies and protocols that have resulted in a much safer environment within the Church.”

It’s so safe in the Catholic Church that only a large handful of minors are still getting molested.

(snip)

Forget the Bible. Anyone thinking about joining the Catholic Church should just read this report. Think twice before you dedicate your life to a criminal enterprise.


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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 04:47 PM

1. So more of the same

The RCC and their Catholic League child rape enablers are claiming nearly 50,000 cases of sexual abuse just didn’t happen because there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute.

Meanwhile they are still withholding evidence from prosecutors, using their extensive lobbying power to keep the RCC from being subject to the exact same reporting requirements for every other organization that deals with children, and enlisting their army of indoctrinated child sex apologists to whitewash the scope of the problem. Meanwhile the message being sent to their existing child raping priests is they need to cover their tracks because so long as they aren’t prosecuted (and maybe not even if they are) they will still have a job and retirement because the RCC can just pretend it never happened. And the chances they will be prosecuted are slim because priests are still granted immunity from reporting other priests.

I suppose the silver lining is they can no longer hide from their membership how much of their donations are being used to pay for the RCC’s culture of child rape.

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