US$150 mil. for Catholic Church sex vic­tims

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

AP

In this Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Fran­cis Ge­orge, re­tir­ing leader of the Chicago Catholic Arch­dio­cese, speaks at a news con­fer­ence in Chicago.

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