By John Norton
Last week we briefly noted that the release of a report showing that claims of sex abuse by priests in the United States is at their lowest levels since data started being collected by the U.S. bishops’ conference in 2004.
Considering that clerical sex abuse is back in the headlines, both here and around the world, it is worth taking a closer look at the situation here in the United States as revealed in that report. (For more on the current abuse scandal and its impact on Pope Benedict XVI, see Greg Erlandson’s column on Page 18 and our editorial on Page 19).
All but two of the 195 dioceses and eparchies in the United States participated in the annual study, conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. The Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., declines to participate every year, and the Diocese of Gallup, N.M., missed this year’s deadline for completing the survey.
Here are some key numbers:
Painful reading, but we can be heartened that there’s marked improvement after years of darkness.
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