Sexual abuse by priests in Brazil

10% of country’s clergy are sex offenders, says Vatican

Accoring to a Vatican inquiry “10% of Brazil’s priests – some 1,700 clerics – were involved in cases of sexual misconduct, including the physical abuse of children and women.”

Regina Soares Jurkwicz, author of Unveiling the Politics of Silence: Sexual Abuse of Women by Priests in Brazil, said the South American country could now be facing a problem of even greater dimensions than that uncovered in the US in 2002.

She goes on to say how the Church for years blamed the victims and kept transferring priests to other parishes. Sound familiar?

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