Saturday, May 21, 2016

#Catholicchurch reports on their criminal activity and how much it costs the faithful

Are all the pedophiles and enablers ashamed to turn around?
A self-audit of the US Catholic church shows a sharp spike in the number of sex abuse reports. There are more new claims (up 35% from prior year) from people abused in the 1960s, '70s and '80s but also claims of more recent abuse. Contrary to rhetoric from the church the abuse did not all happen in the distant past.  The audit showed that 838 people came forward from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, to say they had been sexually abused by priests, deacons or members of religions orders while they were children, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.  I wonder how accurate their figures are considering they are the perpetrators.

The report also found that US Catholic parishes and other orders spent $153.6 million on settlements, legal fees and other expenses related to claims of sex assault over the audit period, up 29 percent from $119.1 million a year earlier.  Similar patterns of abuse have since emerged at dioceses around the globe, undermining the church's moral authority and sapping its finances as it paid out billions of dollars in settlements. That’s a lot of coins in the collection basket – we know who pays for clergy crime – we do.