February 19, 2005

Child sex abuse audit lauds NH diocese

The Union Leader

Union Leader Staff

MANCHESTER — The 10 credible allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy made to the Diocese of Manchester in 2004 are among the 1,092 received by Roman Catholic leaders nationwide against a total 756 priests and deacons, a survey of the nation’s dioceses released yesterday said.

Most of the 1,092 alleged abuses occurred between 1965 and 1974, and about half involved clerics previously accused, church leaders said. Most of the alleged offenders either were dead, already removed from ministry or had been laicized when the allegations were received.

“The crisis of sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic church is not over,” said Kathleen McChesney, executive director of the bishops’ Office of Child and Youth Protection.

“What is over is the denial that this problem exists,” she added.

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2005 06:38 AM