Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country
Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country
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* 1 Canada
o 1.1 Archdiocese of St. John's
* 2 European countries
o 2.1 Austria
+ 2.1.1 Archdiocese of Vienna
o 2.2 Belgium
+ 2.2.1 Diocese of Antwerp
o 2.3 Britain
+ 2.3.1 Buckfast Abbey School
o 2.4 Czech Republic
+ 2.4.1 Archdiocese of Olomouc
o 2.5 France
+ 2.5.1 Seine et marne
o 2.6 Ireland
+ 2.6.1 Archdiocese of Dublin
+ 2.6.2 Diocese of Ferns
o 2.7 Italy
o 2.8 The Netherlands
o 2.9 Poland
+ 2.9.1 Archdiocese of Poznan
+ 2.9.2 Diocese of Plock
* 3 Latin American countries
o 3.1 Argentina
+ 3.1.1 Archdiocese of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz
o 3.2 Brazil
+ 3.2.1 Diocese of Anápolis
o 3.3 Mexico
o 3.4 Peru
* 4 United States
o 4.1 Archdiocese of Anchorage
+ 4.1.1 Diocese of Fairbanks
o 4.2 Archdiocese of Boston
o 4.3 Archdiocese of Chicago
o 4.4 Diocese of Davenport
o 4.5 Archdiocese of Dubuque
o 4.6 Diocese of Fall River
o 4.7 Diocese of Honolulu
o 4.8 Archdiocese of Los Angeles
o 4.9 Archdiocese of Miami
o 4.10 Archdiocese of Milwaukee
o 4.11 Archdiocese of Omaha
o 4.12 Diocese of Orange
o 4.13 Diocese of Peoria
o 4.14 Archdiocese of Philadelphia
o 4.15 Diocese of Phoenix
o 4.16 Archdiocese of Portland
o 4.17 Archdiocese of San Antonio
o 4.18 Diocese of San Diego
o 4.19 Diocese of Spokane
o 4.20 Diocese of Stockton
o 4.21 Diocese of Tucson
* 5 Oceania
o 5.1 Australia
+ 5.1.1 Archdiocese of Sydney
+ 5.1.2 Archdiocese of Melbourne
o 5.2 New Zealand
o 5.3 Philippines
* 6 See also
* 7 References
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe
 Archdiocese of Vienna
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Vienna archdiocese
In 1995 Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër stepped down as head of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria following accusations of sexual misconduct. In 1998 he left the country. He remained a Cardinal. 
There have been several abuse cases in Belgium
 Diocese of Antwerp
Former parish priest Bruno Vos of Nieuwmoer parish in Kalmthout was officially charged with rape of a minor by the Belgian judiciary. There are also allegations of possession of child pornography included in the charge. 
There have been several abuse affairs in Britain as well.
 Buckfast Abbey School
* In 2007, two former monks from Buckfast Abbey were sentenced for sexually abusing boys.
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Canada
 Archdiocese of St. John's
In the 1990s, criminal proceedings began against members of the Christian Brothers in Newfoundland. The proceedings were based on allegations of sexual and physical abuse against boys at the Mount Cashel Orphanage. It was alleged that the Brothers were allowed to escape prosecution at the time (1980s) if they left Newfoundland. Several Brothers left Newfoundland and went to teach at St. Thomas More Collegiate in British Columbia. These included Joseph Burke, Edward English, Edward French, and Kevin Short. The subsequent lawsuits by the Mount Cashel victims against the Christian Brothers organization threatened to close STMC in 2004.
 Czech Republic
 Archdiocese of Olomouc
In 2000 Fr. Frantisek Merta and Olomouc Archbishop Jan Graubner were charged after allegations were made by a theology student, Václav Novák, that Merta had sexually abused altar boys since 1995.
There have also been several abuse cases in France.
 Seine et marne
* Henri Lebras sentenced to ten years for the rape of a twelve year old boy between 1995 and 1998.
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland
 Archdiocese of Dublin
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin
See also: Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse
Several priests who abused children in the United States were Irish Nationals, notably Patrick Colleary, Anthony O'Connell and Oliver O'Grady.
 Diocese of Ferns
Main article: Ferns Report
The Ferns Inquiry 2005 - On 22 October 2005 a government-commissioned report compiled by a former Irish Supreme Court judge delivered an indictment of the handling of clerical sex abuse in the Irish diocese of Ferns.
It is difficult to ascertain the correct statistics for clerical sexual abuse in Italy because the Italian Government has a treaty with the Vatican that guarantees areas of immunity to Vatican officials, including bishops and priests.
 The Netherlands
Cases of sexual abuse by religious members of the Roman Catholic Church in The Netherlands can since 1995 be notified to a central church institution, called Secretariaat Rooms-Katholiek Kerkgenootschap (SRRK). 
 Archdiocese of Poznan
In March 2002 Archbishop Juliusz Paetz quit following accusations, which he denied, of sexually molesting young priests.
 Diocese of Plock
In early 2007 allegations surfaced that former Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus was aware that several priests in his former diocese of Plock were sexually abusing minors. 
 Latin American countries
* Julio Grassi was found guilty (by a three-judge panel of the Criminal Court Oral 1 Morón) of one count of sexual abuse and one count of corrupting a minor in the “Happy Children’s Foundation” and sentenced to 15 years in prison as the third member of the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina to be convicted of sexually abusing minors.. Prosecutors said they were considering an appeal on behalf of the two plaintiffs whose sexual abuse accusations were dropped. Father Grassi maintained his plea of innocence of the charge and promised to appeal. 
 Archdiocese of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz archdiocese
Allegations of sexual abuse on 47 young seminarists surfaced in 1994.
 Diocese of Anápolis
* In 2005 Brazilian priests, Fr. Tarcísio Tadeu Spricigo and Fr. Geraldo da Consolação Machado were convicted of child molestation while Fr. Felix Barbosa Carreiro was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse in the northeastern state of Maranhão after police seized him in a hotel room with four teenage boys. 
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Legion of Christ
Fr. Marcial Maciel founded the Legion of Christ, a Catholic order of priests originating in Mexico. Nine former seminarians of his order accused Maciel of molestation. One retracted his accusation, saying that it was a plot intended to discredit the Legion. Maciel has maintained his innocence of the accusations. In early December 2004, a few months before Pope John Paul II's death, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who would replace him as Pope, becoming Benedict XVI) reopened a Vatican investigation into longstanding allegations against Maciel. Father Maciel then declined to be elected again as general director of the Legion on 20 January 2005 at the order's annual meeting; a spokesman denied that this decision was related to the investigation. On 19 May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI ordered 86-year-old Father Marcial Maciel to give up his ministry and retire to a life of "prayer and repentance." A Vatican statement said that he had only escaped a full trial in an ecclesiastical court because of his "advanced age [and] frail health." The statement noted that the sanctions had been personally endorsed by the Pope. Commentators said that this was a clear departure from the policy of Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, and appeared to be a first step toward fulfilling the new pontiff's vow to sweep "filth" from the church.
In 2007, Daniel Bernardo Beltrán Murguía Ward, a 42 year-old Italian-Peruvian Consecrated Layman of the group Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, was found by the Peruvian National Police in a hostel in Cercado de Lima with an 11 year-old boy, whom he was taking sexually explicit pictures of. The boy was initially lured by Murguía Ward and given Pokémon figures in exchange for photos of his intimate parts. When Murguía Ward was caught, he had paid the boy 20 Nuevo Soles ($7 USD) for his services in the hostel. The police have reported that pictures of two other boys were also found on Murguía Ward's camera and that the boy has claimed he received oral sex from Murguía Ward. These charges have been denied by the accused. Murguía Ward has since been removed from the group Sodalitium Christianae Vitae for his misconduct. 
 United States
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States
 Archdiocese of Anchorage
The Society of Jesus made a $50 million payout to over 100 Inuits who alleged that they had been sexually abused. The settlement did not require them to admit molesting Inuit children, but accusations involved 13 or 14 priests who allegedly molested these children for 30 years.
 Diocese of Fairbanks
The Diocese of Fairbanks, a co-defendant in the case, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming inability to pay the 140 plaintiffs filing claims against the diocese for alleged sexual abuse by priests or church workers during this period.
 Archdiocese of Boston
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston
Allegations of sexual misconduct by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston, and following revelations of a cover-up by the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, became known in 2004, causing Roman Catholics in other dioceses of the United States to investigate similar situations. Cardinal Law's actions prompted public scrutiny of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the steps taken in response to past and current allegations of sexual misconduct by priests. The events in the Archdiocese of Boston became a national scandal.
 Archdiocese of Chicago
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago
Daniel McCormack, a self-confessed sexually abusive priest was sentenced to five years in prison for abusing five boys (8–12 years) in 2001.
 Diocese of Davenport
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Davenport diocese
On October 10, 2006, the Diocese of Davenport filed for Chapter 11 protection .
 Archdiocese of Dubuque
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Dubuque archdiocese
In 2006 the Archdiocese settled a number of claims of sexual, and the Archbishop offered a personal apology. 
 Diocese of Fall River
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Fall River diocese
Father James Porter was a Roman Catholic priest who was convicted of molesting 28 children; He admitted sexually abusing at least 100 of both sexes over a period of 30 years, starting in the 1960s. Bishop Sean O'Malley settled 101 abuse claims and initiated a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse. He also instituted one of the first comprehensive sexual abuse policies in the Roman Catholic Church. 
 Diocese of Honolulu
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Honolulu diocese
Reverend Joseph Bukoski, III, SS.CC., Honolulu, Hawaii, a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was canonically removed in 2003 as the pastor of Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo for allegations relating to sexual improprieties some 30 years earlier. Fr. Bukoski issued a written public apology to his victim on November 12, 2005.
Reverend Mr. James "Ron" Gonsalves, Wailuku, Hawaii, Gonsalves the administrator of Saint Ann Roman Catholic Church in Waihee, Maui, pleaded guilty on May 17, 2006 to several counts of sexual assault on a 12-year-old male. Bishop Clarence Richard Silva has permanently withdrawn his faculties and has initiated laicization proceedings against Deacon Gonsalves with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
 Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay out 60 million dollars to settle 45 lawsuits it still faces over 450 other pending cases. According to the Associated Press a total of 22 priests were involved in the settlement with cases going as far back as the 1930s.  20 million dollars of this was paid by the insurers of the archdiocese. The main administrative office of the archdiocese is due to be sold to cover the cost of these and future law suits. The archdiocese will settle about 500 cases for about $600 million.
 Archdiocese of Miami
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Miami archdiocese
Since 1966, the Archdiocese of Miami Insurance Programs have paid $26.1 million in settlement, legal and counselling costs associated with sexual misconduct allegations made by minors involving priests, laity and religious brothers and sisters. 
 Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Catholic archdiocese of Milwaukee
A 2003 report on the sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee revealed that allegations of sexually assaulting minors had been made against 58 ordained men. By early 2009, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee had spent approximately $26.5 million in attorney fees and settlements. Under Archbishop Timothy Dolan the archdiocese was able to avoid bankruptcy from lawsuits.
 Archdiocese of Omaha
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Omaha archdiocese
Archbishop Elden Curtiss reassigned a priest despite pedophilia allegations that had first emerged in 1959. He later admitted to failing to examine the priest's personnel file. In 1993, Curtiss confessed to removing letters documenting abuse from the file, acknowledging his "shortsightedness and misjudgment."
 Diocese of Orange
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic diocese of Orange
On January 3, 2005 Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange apologized to 87 alleged victims of sexual abuse and announced a settlement of $100 million following two years of mediation.
 Diocese of Peoria
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Peoria diocese
Coadjutor Bishop John J. Myers of Peoria was among the two-thirds of sitting bishops and acting diocese administrators that the Dallas Morning News found had allowed priests accused of sexual abuse to continue working.
In 2005, Rev. Francis Engels plead guilty to molesting a Peoria altar boy on trips to Milwaukee in the early 1980s.
 Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Philadelphia
According to a 2005 investigation, while serving as assistant vicar for administration in 1996, Bishop Cistone was involved with silencing a nun who tried to alert parishioners at St. Gabriel parish about abuse by a priest. According to the report, there were several other instances of priest sexual abuse which Cistone was complicit in covering up.
 Diocese of Phoenix
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Phoenix diocese
On November 21, 2005, Monsignor Dale Fushek of the Diocese of Phoenix was arrested and charged with 10 criminal misdemeanor counts related to alleged inappropriate sexual contact with teens and young adults.
 Archdiocese of Portland
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Portland archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Portland filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on July 6, 2004, hours before two abuse trials were set to begin. Portland became the first Catholic diocese to file for bankruptcy. An open letter to the archdiocese's parishioners explained the archbishop's motivation.
 Archdiocese of San Antonio
John Salazar - sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a 18-year-old parishioner. 
 Diocese of San Diego
On February 27, 2007, the Diocese of San Diego filed for Chapter 11 protection, hours before the first of about 150 lawsuits was due to be heard. San Diego became the largest diocese to file for bankruptcy.
On September 7, 2007, The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the 2nd-largest payment by a diocese, terminating four years of settlement talks in state and federal courts.
 Diocese of Spokane
Under Bishop William S. Skylstad the Diocese of Spokane declared bankruptcy to protect it from claims of people abused by priests in December 2004. The Diocese of Spokane as part of its bankruptcy has agreed to pay at least $48 million as compensation. This payout has to be agreed to by the victims and a Judge before it will be made. According to Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive, money for the settlement would come from insurance companies, the sale of church property, contributions from Catholic groups and from the diocese's parishes.
 Diocese of Stockton
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Stockton diocese
Fr. Oliver O'Grady molested multiple children in Stockton.  The 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil is based on accusations that Bishop Roger Mahony knew that Oliver O'Grady was an active pedophile.
 Diocese of Tucson
The Diocese of Tucson filed bankruptcy in September, 2004. The Diocese of Tucson reached an agreement with plaintiffs, which the bankruptcy judge approved on June 11, 2005, specifying terms that included allowing the diocese reorganization to continue in return for a $22.2 million settlement.
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Australia
 Archdiocese of Sydney
* Ross Murrin - Catholic brother plead guilty to sexually abusing eight male students. 
 Archdiocese of Melbourne
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Melbourne archdiocese
There were several cases of sexual abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese.
* Michael Charles Glennon - sentenced to at least 15 years in jail for sexually abusing four Aboriginal boys between 1984 and 1991
* Wilfred James Baker - sentenced to four years in prison (parole after 2 years) for 16 counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency, involving eight boys, aged 10 to 13, over a 20-year period between 1960 and 1979.
* David Daniel - sentenced to six years jail, with parole after 4.5 years, for molesting four boys, a girl and an adult male. 
* Rex Elmer - abuser sentenced in 1998 to five years jail (with parole after 3 years 4 months) for molesting 12 boys at St Vincent's orphanage in South Melbourne. 
 New Zealand
Maryland's School, operated by the Roman Catholic Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God in Christchurch, has been the centre of a number of sex abuse cases. By 2006 the Australasian branch of the St John of God order had paid out $5.1 million to men who had been sexually abused at the school. A nonprofit trust, the Male survivors of Sex Abuse Trust, worked with many of the victims.
In 2006 Bernard McGrath, a former Roman Catholic Brother, was convicted on 21 charges of sex abuse while working as a teacher and dormitory master at Marylands School. He was acquitted of a further 32 charges. The abuse happened when he worked there in the 1970s.
In 2008 Roger Maloney, who also worked at Marylands School, was found guilty of seven sex abuse charges and was acquitted of a further 16. He was jailed for three years.
* In 2002 the Catholic Church apologized for sexual abuse by hundreds of priests over the previous 20 years. 
* In 2003 at least 34 priests were suspended in a sex abuse scandal. 20 were from a single diocese.
 See also
* Crimen sollicitationis
* Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic priesthood
* Roman Catholic sex abuse cases
* Lavender Mafia
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