Take-aways on the latest twists in the clerical abuse saga

Crux | 9/18/2018 | Staff
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ROME - When a news cycle goes supernova, generally developments come far too fast and furious for anyone really to absorb them in anything other than bite-size, superficial form. Over just the last 72 hours, there have been at least three new twists to the clerical sexual abuse scandals once again rocking the global Church.

In Chile, the Archdiocese of Santiago announced that Cristian Precht Bañados, a onetime national hero for his role as a human rights advocate and voice of the people during the Pinochet years, has been expelled from the priesthood by Pope Francis. Precht previously had been suspended from 2012 to 2017 after a Vatican probe concluded he was guilty of abusing both minors and adults. He was then briefly reinstated, only to be definitively returned to the lay state.

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In Germany, a new report commissioned by the Catholic Church and entrusted to three universities found that 3,677 people had been abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. According to media reports, more than half of the victims were 13 or younger and most were boys. (969 abuse victims included in the study were altar boys at the time of the incident.) Every sixth case involved rape, and at least 1,670 clergy were involved, according to the same reports.

In the Netherlands, a new report on sexual abuse claims over half of the bishops in the country from 1945-2010 were involved in either covering up abuse or abusing children themselves. The NRC Handelsbladreport claims 20 of 39 bishops during the period are implicated in at least covering up abuse, with four auxiliary bishops suspected of abusing minors themselves. In a response published on its website, the Dutch bishops’ conference noted that most of the accusations stemmed from a years-old report commissioned by the conference itself, and the majority of cases...
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