Sexual Abuse Scandal Of Priests Has Cost Catholic Church More Than $3 Billion; Report

Sexual abuse scandal of clergymen has hit not only the reputation of the Catholic Church but also cost them more than $3 billion because of the lawsuits filed by victims against priests, National Public Radio reported.

According to the report, almost 20 Catholic dioceses and religious orders have filed for bankruptcy because of the scandals.

Attorney James Stang to the National Public Radio said that even big payouts can’t relief the victims’ suffering, and it is essential to hold those leaders accountable for allowing such mistreatment to happen in the churches.

“I don’t like the word healing,” the attorney said, “because it’s too much of an individual process, but at the end of the day, that accountability is demonstrated by the payment of money.”

The comment comes after a Pennsylvania grand jury released its roughly 900-page report on sexual abuse by clergy which revealed that more than 1,000 victims had been abused by what the jury called 300 “predator priests” for eight decades in Pennsylvania.

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Most of the church’s victims were preteenager boys, and also included girls and teenage children. “Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography,” the report reads, “Some were made to masturbate their assailants, or were groped by them. Some were raped orally, some vaginally, some anally.”

On Monday, Pope Francis responded to decades of alleged child sex abuse in his lengthy letter which released by the Vatican, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church called for solidarity with victims and commitment to “a culture of care.”

“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives,” Pope Francis wrote, “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

Following the Catholic Church’s scandals, Stephen Schneck, a political scientist at the Catholic University of America said: “One set of Catholic parents told me, ‘I’m never going to let my daughter be an altar girl after this,’” Schneck added, “Another set of parents said they are thinking about taking their children out of Catholic schools. For young people, this is coming at a time when they are already suspicious of institutions and authority. It will impact everything.”

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