March 31, 2006

Diocese: No new abuse cases in '05

Charlotte Observer

WASHINGTON - Figures released Thursday by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops show the unrelenting toll of the clergy sex abuse crisis: 783 new credible claims last year, most of which date back decades, and costs of nearly $467 million.

While researchers who analyzed 50 years of data on molestation claims concluded the number of new cases is declining, the church is still paying a heavy price for predatory clergy.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte issued a news release Thursday saying that it received no new allegations of sexual misconduct with children during the reporting period for the 2005 audit.

The diocese reported that it provided $14,215 in ongoing financial assistance to, or on behalf of, victims, all for counseling services. None of the church workers against whom an allegation was made is in active ministry. The Charlotte-based diocese is not releasing the number of victims or dates of their cases so as not to identify victims.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 08:03 AM