The greatest pain in this is not the abuse, it’s the cover-up, the lies.
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2010 April 10
Cover-ups and lies about sex abuse by Catholic priests spark crisis in US. Read more:
Today, the 10th of April 2010, I again read news about the Catholic Church and here follow some of them:
Accusing the pope: Wilfried Fesselmann … in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, …. The German man, who says he was sexually abused by a priest as an altar boy, is accusing Pope Benedict XVI of failing to remove his abuser while serving as a Cardinal in Germany and is demanding compensation …
Cover-ups and lies about sex abuse by Catholic priests spark crisis in US
Stung by fresh charges of priestly sexual abuse and allegations of a cover-up that reach the Vatican, the Roman Catholic church in the US faces a crisis of empty pews and empty coffers.
But beyond the church’s tarnished reputation, the financial fallout from paying settlement claims to victims is being felt across the US.
Four lawsuits are pending in Milwaukee, and the diocese has put its headquarters, the Cousins Centre, up for sale to help pay $27 million in settlement cost that have threatened to bankrupt it.
The cost to US Catholic dioceses over the past five years of settling US sex abuse cases involving priests totalled $1.97 billion, said one report.
There is no sign of the crisis abating. Minnesota attorney Jeffrey Anderson said he had represented thousands abuse victims.
A report commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops found four percent of all US priests who served between 1950 and 2002 had allegations of sexual abuse substantiated against them.
Victims’ rights groups assert the Vatican office headed by Pope Benedict during the mid-1990s failed to act on abuse cases even when local church authorities asked for guidance.
The Vatican’s response that the current pope has done much to alleviate suffering and that the cover-up allegations amount to a “smear campaign” by the media, has angered many victims.
“I think the worst is probably yet to come.”
“To me the greatest pain in this is not the abuse, it’s the cover-up, the lies.”
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