Nearly 4,500 priests accused of abuse
Nearly 4,500 Roman Catholic priests have been accused of sexually abusing a total of 11,000 children in the United States between 1950 and 2002, CNN reported yesterday, citing a draft of a study scheduled for release at the end of the month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Those figures are two to three times as high as previously reported, but senior Catholic officials have warned for weeks that the study’s findings could be “startling” if viewed in isolation.
What’s not startling at all is the Catholic hierarchy still trying cover their sorry craven butts, rather than deal with it honestly, openly, and with actual compassion for the victims.
And in local news
L.A. to disclose clergy abuse (How thoughful of them)
A report to be released today says 244 priests and others have been accused since 1931. It acknowledges ‘woefully underreported’ cases.