The Catholic Church Has Paid Out Four-Billion-Dollars Towards Hushing Child Molestation Issues
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 4 months ago
There’s the bizarre reddit infatuation with John Podesta’s weird emails about “pizza” as a code word, and then there’s the Catholic Church who've been found to have paid out a minimum of four billion dollars, since 1950, to keep their issues with child molestation quiet. According to a 2015 National Catholic Reporter investigation, that’s roughly 20-million dollars per dioceses in the U.S.. These numbers only include what investigators could find, record wise - like the tracking of cost of therapy for victims, the support for offenders, legal fees, child protection efforts, investigations, insurance premiums, emergency assistance, and monitoring. The total tabulated cost does not include other financial disclosures, reporting compliance rates, lawyer's fees, settlements, non-disclosures, and information bishops choose to withhold, etc…
Once again. Four billion dollars and counting to stay quiet about child abuse from a massive church. WTF.
National Catholic Register:
“The annual reports issued since 2004 by the bishops' Office for the Protection of Children and Young People have their own set of problems. As NCR has previously reported, the data collection is voluntary. The most recent annual reports have compliance rates of about 98 percent for dioceses and 70 percent for religious orders, but early reports had much lower reporting rates.
And the data are self-reported, unaudited and issued in aggregate. Data can't be double-checked or specific dioceses examined.”
“In attempting to compile as thorough a record as possible, articles surfaced that provided some insight into why it will probably be impossible to ever get a complete picture. In 2002, for instance, The Washington Post reported that three years earlier a judge gave permission to the Milwaukee archdiocese to shred documents that it wanted destroyed because those papers ‘showed how much money it had spent on treatment, litigation and settlements related to sex abuse.’”
“David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was once optimistic that Francis would push for change in how the Church handled the scandal, but has since lost hope. ‘There’s nothing he could say that would be helpful, 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,’ he said. ‘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.’”