Seven percent of priest in Australia allegedly involved of sexual abuses, recent data shows.
According to Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse Cases, recorded that pedophiles in Australia’s Catholic Church sexually molested about 4,445 Children, and pays US$213 Million to the said victims as compensation.
Some people refers the Church as synonymous with child sexual abuse. No one can ever denied that because with anecdotes and reports suggested its truth.
The sexual abuse is a worldwide problem in the church. There are no yet accurate statistics or data to determine the number of children these pedophiles in the church have abused worldwide because of the extent.
In fact, from 2001 to 2010, the Vatican, which serves as the central governing body of the Catholic Church, considered sex abuse allegations involving approximately 3,000 priests dating back up to fifty years.
Similar cases worldwide reflect patterns of long-term abuse and of the church hierarchy regularly covering up reports of alleged abuse.
Officials from the Catholic Church said that it is difficult to measure the extent of the abuses because the Church is not yet open to discuss it.
In 2014, the Vatican said 3,420 credible accusations of sexual abuse committed by priests had been referred to its institution over the past 10 years, and that 824 clerics were defrocked as a result.
However, a new inquiry was carried out in Australia has shed light on the unethical practice of Catholic priests and nuns in the country.
According to the report, the Catholic Church paid US$213 million to victims of sex abuse committed by priests in Australia over decades.
In 2002, a critical investigation by The Boston Globe in the United States led to worldwide media coverage of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. By 2010, much of the reporting focused on abuse in Europe.
In 2012, Australia also announced it was to investigate the abuses by the church. By 2013, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced hearings on alleged Catholic Church sex abuse and found out that victims mostly are boys.
The Royal Commission in mid-February 2017, issued a report revealing:
“Catholic Church authorities made total payments of [AU]$276.1 million [US$213million] in response to claims of child sexual abuse received between 1 January 1980 and 28 February 2015, including monetary compensation, treatment, legal and other costs.”
Of the 4,445 cases the church received between January 1980 and February 2015 in the country, the report said the church managed to identify 1,880 alleged perpetrators, who included 597 (32% ‘religious brothers,’ 572 (30%) priests, 543 (29%) lay people, and 96 (5%) religious sisters or nuns.
The commission’s report said 90% of abusers were male while the abused were also mostly boys.
Australia’s Royal commission also noted that sex abuse victims received AU$91,000 in compensation. The report by the commission also stated that the Christian Brothers group admitted during the hearing that both the highest total payment and the largest number of total payments is $48.5 million.
It was paid in relation to 763 payments at an average of approximately $64,000 per payment, report added.
The Christian Brothers is a worldwide religious community within the Catholic Church.
As of posting, Vatican has not yet issued comment over the Australian Commission report.
The Newsgru also reported that Vatican has already spent billions of dollars for the priests’ sexual abuses victims as compensation.