Monday, 19 November, 2018

New study details sexual abuse by German Catholic priests over decades

According to the study 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors According to the study 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors
Jeannette Daniel | 15 September, 2018, 02:49

The German study examined more than 38,000 personnel and reference files from 27 dioceses around the country and showed that more than half of the victims were aged at most 13 years old at the time of the crime, Spiegel reported.

"We know the extent of the sexual abuse that has been demonstrated by the study".

A Church spokesman said it was "dismayed and ashamed" by the findings.

If the state legislature approves, Kentucky will be the ninth USA state to have an attorney general investigation into Catholic clerical sex abuse and the cover-ups by Church leaders. Every sixth case involved rape and at least 1,670 clergy were involved, both weeklies reported.

More than 3,600 children were sexually assaulted by Catholic priests in Germany over almost seven decades, local media reported on Wednesday (Sept 12), citing a study commissioned by the German Bishops Conference.

The commission, which was funded by the German Bishops' Conference, stated that "3,677 mostly male minors" had been victims of sexual abuse by 1,670 members of the clergy.

"I stress that the study is a measure that we owe not only to the Church but first and foremost, to those affected".

Predator priests were often transferred to another location, but information on their criminal history were not provided to the new site.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he is prepared to step down in the wake of an intense firestorm of criticism over his handling of sex abuse claims dating back decades.

Only one third of those accused had to face legal proceedings by the Church and sanctions, if imposed at all, were minimal, it said, adding that 4 percent of those found to have committed sexual abuse were still working.

Speaking on behalf of the Conference, Bishop Ackermann said that, while he regretted that the study had been leaked, he was convinced the survey was comprehensive and thorough. He said the Church had planned to provide counselling helplines for people affected by its contents.

Following new allegations of abuse in Pennsylvania and Germany, and accusations the officials including Pope Francis were aware of them, Hickey, a survivor of clergy abuse, wrote a letter to Pope Francis.

The pontiff has faced mounting criticism over his handling of historic clerical sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Bishops' Conference, asked for the meeting after Archbishop Vigano last month accused the Pope of knowing for years about sexual misconduct by former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick and doing nothing about it.

The Catholic Church in Germany has acknowledged a "depressing and shameful" legacy of sexual abuse after a leaked study said clerics had abused thousands of children over a 70-year period.

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