The U.S. Catholic Church spent more than $300M on abuse-related costs in 12 months
According to a recent report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, from June 2017 to June 2018 the U.S. Catholic Church spent a whopping $301.6 million on clergy sexual abuse costs. Two-thirds of the clergy sexual abuse costs, or nearly $200 million, were spent on legal settlements. Additionally, the report revealed that during the same 12-month period, the Catholic Church fielded nearly 1,100 new “credible allegations” of sexual abuse committed on a minor by priests and other clergy.
In New York state alone, 785 new sexual abuse allegations were reported by a statewide victim-compensation program in 2018. And in the summer of 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury accused cardinal Theodore McCarrick and over 300 other priests of sexually abusing more than 1,000 victims. Based on recent trends, experts think that these numbers will continue to rise nationally next year.
But unfortunately, sexual abuse is still going on in the Catholic Church. 26 allegations by current minors were reported nationwide in 2018.
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