The Catholic Church has spent nearly $4 billion in pay outs just to settle child molestation lawsuits, according to National Catholic Reporter.
In a report published by National Catholic Reporter, the figure was based on a three-month investigation of data, including a review of more than 7,800 articles gleaned from LexisNexis Academic and NCR databases, as well as information from Bishop Accountability organization and from reports from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The amount of money spent by Vatican was originally estimated at around $3 billion, though the new report has added nearly $1 billion more.
Corruption among the priesthood has been an enabling factor over the years, allowing what was one only a rumor to fester into a well-known stereotype about the Church.
The report is not only the first time the matter has been made public, with even whistle blowers coming forward in The New Yorker, admitting, “You wouldn’t believe the amounts of money the church is spending to settle these priestly sexual-abuse cases.”
Answering the controversy, Pope Francis ensures the public that the church will take measures to address the issue.
“I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you, and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.” the pontiff said.
The Church leader’s words seem to fall on deaf ears as the new NRC report suggests the issue was even more rampant that originally believed.
“There’s nothing he could say that would be helpful,” said David Clohessy, executive director for the Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests.
“Because Catholic bishops have said it all before—‘I’m sorry, we didn’t know, we’ll do better. We’ve heard that for decades.” Clohessy slams the Church.
“This is a pope who has refused to take steps to expose one predator or punish one enabler. . . . He could simply defrock, demote, discipline, or even clearly denounce just one complicit bishop. He refuses, not one,” he elaborated.
The molestation done by priests and more, reportedly reason behind the resignation of Pope Francis predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.