Factbox: Sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church

Fri Jul 9, 2010 10:46am EDT
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(Reuters) - Abuse revelations in Ireland have undermined the Church's authority and fractured trust, alienating committed believers as senior clergy have remained in their posts.

Here are some details of major scandals in the Roman Catholic church around the world.


-- A Belgian Catholic Church commission monitoring complaints about sexual abuse of children by priests disbanded on June 28 after police seized all its files and a computer.

-- The unprecedented raids on the commission's office in Leuven and a Church center and former archbishop's home in Mechelen prompted a sharp reaction from Pope Benedict. -- The raids embarrassed the Belgian Church still reeling from the resignation of Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe in April. Vangheluwe had admitted he had sexually abused a boy. That prompted a wave of abuse complaints to the commission.


-- Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, Germany's top Catholic bishop, apologized in March for mistakes he made in failing to report to authorities one case of suspected abuse by a priest in the Freiburg diocese nearly 20 years ago.

-- Prosecutors in Freiburg said on June 2 charges of aiding and abetting sexual abuse had been filed against Zollitsch.

-- A Jesuit investigation, commissioned in January, last month cited 205 allegations of sexual abuse against priests at Jesuit schools in Germany, revealing decades of systematic abuse and attempts at a cover-up by the Roman Catholic order.   Continued...