US$150 mil. for Catholic Church sex victims
The Catholic Church in the U.S. forked out US$120 million to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and US$30 million on pedophile prevention programs over 12 months, according to an annual report out Friday.
The bulk of the US$150 million between June of 2013 and 2014 was spent on compensation, therapy and legal fees for victims, the report said, and the rest went to preventing the abuse from occurring, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.
The U.S. bishops conduct an annual study of sexual abuse allegations following a church scandal over pedophile priests came under the spotlight in 2002. In the fallout senior church officials acknowledged they had protected priests responsible for the sexual abuse of children.
The report said there were 657 allegations of underage sexual abuse by priests, of which 130 have been recognized and 243 are still under investigation and the rest unproven. Most allegations relate to events that took just demand.”
Despite his leadership in confronting clergy sex abuse, George faced a 2006 crisis over his own actions when the Rev. Daniel McCormack, a local priest, was left in a parish for several months despite abuse allegations. McCormack eventually pleaded guilty to molesting five children.
George apologized for not acting place years earlier.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said: “Though our promise to protect and heal made in 2002 remains strong, we must not become complacent with what has been accomplished.
“It is my hope and prayer that as we continue to fulfill our promise, the Church will help model ways of addressing and bringing to light the darkness and evil of abuse wherever it exists.” sooner. Thousands of documents released toward the end of George’s tenure as part of a lawsuit settlement revealed he went against his advisers in one case to delay removing an accused priest, and tried to win early release from a Wisconsin prison for a priest convicted of molesting a child, though George later reversed his stand to the parole board.
In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Francis George, retiring leader of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese, speaks at a news conference in Chicago.