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U.S. Catholic Church Report: Clergy Child Rape Accusations Soared in 2010

On your knees, little boy!

The Roman Catholic Church in the United States issued its annual report on sexual abuse allegations on Monday; this year’s report says allegations of sexual abuse involving clergy have soared, Agence France-Presse reports. According to the report, the number of alleged sex abuse incidents rose from around 400 in 2009 to nearly 700 last year. Most of those– 653, to be exact– involve alleged incidents that occurred decades ago. Many victims of clergy sex abuse “are just now finding the courage to report” it, the report says.

The report also noted that payouts to victims rose by about 20%, from $104 million in 2009 to $124 million last year.

The vast majority of allegations– 574– were against priests. Nearly half of those priests are now dead. There are 275 priests in the report who had previously been accused of sexual abuse.

The majority of victims were between the ages of 10 and 14 when the alleged abuse began, with one out of five victims under the age of 10.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, disgustingly attempted to justify the church’s child rape epidemic in the 1960s, 70s and 80s with a full-page ad in the New York Times. The ad argues that the time period when the bulk of the abuse took place coincided with the “heyday of the sexual revolution.”

There’s one big problem with this, aside from the obvious supposition that children ought never to be raped, and that is the fact that priests are supposed to be celibate regardless of which direction the prevailing cultural and sexual winds are blowing.

That’s not the end of it– Donohue also tried to deflect fury over the legions of child-raping priests by pointing to sexual abuse in secular schools and among the Orthodox Jewish community. He even had the gall to assert that since “more than three-quarters of the victims were post-pubescent… the abuse did not meet the clinical definition of pedophilia.”

Worst of all, the ad claims that many of the victims of predatory pedophile priests were not rape or molestation victims, but rather homosexual participants.


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  1. Norma VillarrealApril 14, 2011 at 3:46 amReply

    Donohue, quit making excuses for the church, pointing fingers, and stating that the actions of the clergy did not meet the ‘clinical’ definition of pedophilia. The heirarchy could acknowledge the ‘problem’ clergy, allegations and bring in the authorities to investigate. A predator remains a predator regardless of sexual preferences.

  2. Patrick O’MalleyApril 14, 2011 at 6:08 pmReply

    Catholics just don’t think child rape is that big of a deal.

    If a report came out that said that even one single child was raped by an employee at Disneyland, and then they covered it up, and then they wrote a one page add in the New York Times where they didn’t apologize, but blamed the media, Americans would never go to Disney again. They’d burn the place down.

    If 10,000 Catholic children get raped in the Catholic church in the last 50 years, (as documented by references in Wikipedia), some Catholics just keep right on going to mass. Its unfathomable.

    Read the first 6 pages of the grand jury report at and you will be disgusted by your church if you have any humanity at all.

  3. Kay EbelingApril 15, 2011 at 12:10 pmReply

    Write Hague Criminal Court Prosecutor by May 11 re Crimes Against Humanity of Pope. A prosecutor at The Hague International Criminal Court will soon decide whether to pursue criminal charges against Joseph Ratzinger (otherwise known as the “Pope”) as a German citizen who is complicit in crimes against humanity, especially in light of the epidemic of pedophilia by Catholic priests.
    Persons with evidence of crimes committed by the Catholic Church or The Vatican can now write directly to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in charge of this case, Dr. Luis Moreno Ocampo, according to the two German Lawyers who are applying to prosecute Ratzinger, Christian Sailer and Gert Hetzel.
    Click here: for more info and address to send your evidence to The Hague Prosecutor – Source: City of Angels Blog by Kay Ebeling.

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