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Catholic leaders report 783 new claims of abuse in 2005

Thursday, March 30, 2006; Posted: 1:50 p.m. EST (18:50 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's Roman Catholic leaders received 783 new claims of sex abuse by clergy in 2005, with most of the allegations involving cases that are decades old.

The new claims, reported Thursday, bring the total number of accusations against Catholic clergy to more than 12,000 since 1950.

The latest figures were released as part of the third audit U.S. bishops have ordered conducted to restore trust in their leadership after abuse allegations soared in 2002. Church leaders, however, drew criticism for changing how this latest review was conducted.

In the first two annual audits, all 195 dioceses received an onsite visit. During the most recent review, 104 dioceses were allowed to fill out a questionnaire instead while auditors visited the others.

All three audits were conducted by the Gavin Group, a private firm that employed teams comprised mainly of former FBI agents.

Prior to the new audit, the abuse problem was known to have cost dioceses more than $1 billion since 1950. But new figures released by the church greatly expanded the figure: The bishops said the total cost of abuse in 2005 alone was nearly $467 million, including settlements, therapy for victims, support for offenders and attorneys' fees, among other things.

A separate report also found a slight decline in compliance with all of the provisions of the toughened sex abuse policy that the bishops adopted four years ago. It found 88.5 percent of dioceses were fully compliant compared with more than 95 percent last year.

It also said that several dioceses don't have full safe environment training where children learn to keep themselves safe from abusers, and four dioceses have not fully complied with the call for background checks on employees.

The 2002 abuse prevention policy the bishops adopted at the height of the scandal requires dioceses to hire victim assistance coordinators, form review boards to help evaluate abuse claims, conduct background checks on staff and volunteers and teach children to protect themselves from predators. The disciplinary provisions in the plan require prelates to bar guilty priests from all church work.

In 2004, dioceses received more than 1,092 new abuse claims, in addition to the 10,667 claims the American church received from 1950-2002.

Separately Thursday, the New Hampshire attorney general was scheduled to release an independent audit his office conducted of sex abuse prevention in the New Hampshire diocese. The state audit was part of a 2002 agreement the diocese struck with prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution over failures to rein in abusers.

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/30/church.abuse.audits.ap/index.html

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The new claims, reported Thursday, bring the total number of accusations against Catholic clergy to more than 12,000 since 1950.

Example #1 why I think the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope are both complete frauds, and I can't wait to see them go down. I'll enjoy kicking Cardinal Law when I meet him in Hell :evil:

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To keep it nice and round numbers?

12000 since 1950 = 220 on average per year...

783 last year... Good to see not adopting the ZERO tolerance is working out so well.

The view of the Catholic church harboring pedophiles in robes is no different than saying Islam is a terrorist organization. They are both silent on their biggest shames...

The bishops said the total cost of abuse in 2005 alone was nearly $467 million, including settlements, therapy for victims, support for offenders and attorneys' fees, among other things.

I'm sure Christ is happy to know they have 470 million to dole out to people from their golden city? He struck down the temple so they build a city of gold after he left... nice...

I'm always the 1st one to protect believers from the militant agnostic/atheist like Chomerics and Liberty, but this.... this is UNdefendable...

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