New report shows fewer abuse claims brought against U.S. Catholic clerics

(Catholic News Agency. Jonah McKeown).

A new report from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) shows that across the country from mid-2022 to mid-2023, just over 1,300 clerical abuse allegations came to light, while payouts to victims reached $284 million — tens of millions more than the prior year.  This figure is down from 2,704 allegations brought the prior year, the report states, while some 4,434 allegations were brought in 2019. Of those allegations, dioceses and eparchies deemed 229 of them credible; 71% of those allegations concerned incidents that occurred or began in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The total number of new allegations from victims who were currently minors in the studied year remained similar to the prior year, at 17.

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