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The U.S. Catholic church has incurred nearly $4 billion in costs related to the priest sex abuse crisis during the past 65 years, according to an extensive NCR (National Catholic Reporter) investigation of media reports, databases and church documents.
“In addition, separate research recently published calculates that other scandal-related consequences such as lost membership and diverted giving has cost the church more than $2.3 billion annually for the past 30 years.
“Between 1950 and August of this year, the church has paid out $3,994,797,060.10, NCR found.”
By Jack Ruhl and Diane Ruhl, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story. NCR also has editorialized on this topic, and the editorial, “The deep, lasting financial cost of sex abuse,” can be read by clicking here.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2014 fall general assembly starts today, Nov. 10, in Baltimore, Maryland.
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy — a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar.
“The assembly, which starts Monday (Nov. 10) in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families.
“The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the open debate at the event, and the back and forth among bishops over welcoming gays and divorced Catholics who remarry, prompted stunning criticism from some U.S. bishops.”
By Rachel Zoll, Associated Press — Click here to read the rest of this story.