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Clerical abuse cases cost US Church $2.49 billion since 2004
With over a billion dollars laid out in the past year alone, the US Church is paying heavily for the recent spate of clerical abuse cases.
- United States
- April 12, 2012
Only 57% of those funds were allotted to settlements ($50.4 million) and therapy for abuse victims ($6.1 million); the rest was spent on attorneysâ€™ fees ($36.7 million), support for offenders ($9.9 million), and other costs ($5.6 million), according to the 2011 â€śReport on the Implementation of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People.â€ť
The scandal cost religious institutes an additional $35,372,010 in 2011. These expenses brought the total cost to American dioceses and religious institutes between 2004 and 2011 to $2,488,405,755: $2,129,982,621 for dioceses and eparchies, and $358,428,134 for religious institutes.
During 2011, 21 minors alleged they were abused by a priest or deacon. The report found that seven allegations â€śwere considered credible by law enforcement; three were determined to be false, five were determined to be boundary violations, and three are still under investigation.â€ť
During 2011, 683 adults also alleged that they had been abused by a priest or deacon in the past. â€śAllegations were made against 551 priests and seven deacons,â€ť the report stated. â€śOf the accused clerics, 253 are deceased, 58 had already been laicized, 184 have been removed from ministry, and 281 had been named in previous audits.â€ť
Full Story: Abuse scandal's total cost: $2.49 billion since 2004