February 19, 2005

Audit details scope of abuse

Cincinnati Post

From staff and wire reports

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops said Friday that over the last year they received 1,092 new allegations of sexual abuse against at least 756 Catholic priests and deacons.

Half of the accused priests over the past year had been previously accused of abuse, said Kathleen McChesney, executive director of the bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection.

Most of the alleged incidents occurred decades ago: 72 percent of the priests were either dead, defrocked or removed from public ministry before the newest allegations were received, McChesney said.

During the same time period, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati received 16 new, credible allegations against previously accused priests and another seven against priests not previously accused, spokesman Dan Andriacco said.

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2005 06:27 AM