Pope begs forgiveness of abuse victims as accusations of cover-up begin

A lot on his mind?

Pope Francis has begged for forgiveness in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and gone further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of paedophile priests. Abuse victims and their advocates have long demanded that higher-ups be made to answer for the decades-long cover-ups of rape and molestation of youngsters in a scandal that has rocked the church and dismayed its worldwide flock of 1.2 billion. The pope celebrated a private Mass with six victims – two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany – at his Vatican residence on Monday, and spent the rest of the morning listening to their accounts, one-on-one.

“Before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness,” Francis said, according to the Associated Press news agency. “I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” the pope said. “This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused, and it endangered other minors who were at risk.”

But, when speaking of accountability, he made no mention of what countless victims and their families around the globe have waited years to hear: whether bishops and other prelates who shuffled child-molesting priests from parish to parish or didn’t inform police and prosecutors would be fired or demoted. “All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable,” Francis said, delivering his homily in his native Spanish. The survivors were allowed to bring a relative or friend and an interpreter.


One of the six victims, Marie Kane, 43, who was abused by a priest for three years while a teenager in Ireland, said she asked Francis to remove an Irish cardinal, Sean Brady, from his post because of how he handled abuse allegations. Kane told the Irish Times newspaper that she told Francis a “cover-up is still happening, and you have the power to make these changes.” She quoted him as replying, “It was difficult to make these changes.” When Brady turns 75 next month, he will be required to offer his resignation to the pontiff, who can accept or ask him to stay on. Many faithful, especially in the US, were outraged when Boston Archbishop Bernard Law, accused of shielding abusive priests during his tenure, was given a prestigious post at a Rome basilica in 2004 by Pope John Paul II instead of being demoted.


Pope Francis celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 6, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis promised to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors and begged forgiveness Monday from the victims of clergy sex abuse as he held his first meeting with several abuse survivors.

The pope celebrated a Mass with six survivors at his Vatican hotel Monday, but in his homily he didn’t spell out whether that accountability would include firing bishops and other prelates who systematically shuffled pedophile priests from parish to parish to avoid bringing shame upon the Catholic Church.

Victims’ advocacy groups around the world have pressed the Vatican for decades to severely discipline any complicit church hierarchy.

One of the six, Irishwoman Marie Kane, 43, said she asked Francis to remove an Irish cardinal, Sean Brady, from his post because of how he handled abuse allegations.

Kane told The Irish Times that she told Francis a “cover-up is still happening and you have the power to make these changes.” She said that he replied “‘it was difficult to make these changes.'”

Francis himself has been criticized by survivor advocates for how he handled abuse cases when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, specifically for not meeting with victims and denying that he had handled the case of an abusive priest, said Anne Barrett Doyle, a director of the advocacy group BishopAccountability.org.

Even while the pope spent his morning with the three men and three women, listening to their stories one by one, several victims’ groups blasted the meetings as being “a PR event.”

The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing personal “sorrow” in his homily at the private Mass with the victims for the “sins and grave crimes” of clerical sex abuse against them.

Francis pledged “not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not.”

“All bishops must carry out their pastoral ministry with utmost care in order to help foster the protection of minors, and they will be held accountable,” Francis said, according to the English translation of his homily, which was delivered in Spanish.

Many victims, especially in the United States, were outraged when Boston Archbishop Bernard Law, blamed for the cover-ups of abusive priests during his tenure, was given a prestigious post at a Rome basilica instead of being demoted.

“I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” the pope said Monday. “This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk.”

“Before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness,” Francis said.

Without naming specific cases, Francis noted that the abuse caused some victims to resort to addictions or even suicide.

“These deaths of these so beloved children of God weigh upon the heart and my conscience and that of the whole church,” he said.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said two Irish, two British and two Germans who had been sexually abused as youths by clergy met privately for about a half-hour each with Francis at his Vatican residence.

Some abuse survivors not at the meeting said the encounter would likely do nothing about their complaints the Vatican has failed to punish bishops and other prelates who systemically covered up the abuse of minors. A German survivor advocacy spokesman, Norbert Denef, called Monday’s meeting “nothing more than a PR event.”

Prior to the meetings Monday, Francis has likely already met one Irish cleric sex abuse survivor, Marie Collins, who is on a panel set up by Francis to help him deal with the scandals staining the church’s reputation.

Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict, met several times with abuse victims, starting in 2008.

Pope and Catholic Church taken to court for sex crimes – FOR REAL!

Hague court urged to investigate Pope over sex abuse

I didn’t believe this at all when I first heard about it, I though “Conspiracy” and moved on, but then I wanted to make sure, to see if this could be true, that the Catholic Church and Politicians and Royal Families all over Europe could actually be the occult. Many people think this is just one mad man taking on the elite. Well it’s not, it is families, people who were abused. The Vatican is a safe haven for these beasts. Inside the Vatican walls, NO BODY OR FORCE can enter and charge you. I found what I read mind blowing. I seen video’s of people telling stories. I have been told by Catholics “They are doing it for money” Lets make one thing clear, NO ONE PERSON WILL MAKE ONE PENNY from this. All people want is to expose a very hard truth. I don’t like writing this. But I always want to tell a story others are scared to tell. Of course I am one of a thousands telling it. We must be careful what we believe. I am as sure as I can be that the World we live in is being rules by Satan and his ways. The Catholic Church is Satan’s play room. I know it’s a huge leap in anyone’s mind. I had trouble at first. But see Catholics won’t want to know, won’t look into and blindly deny, that is their right. The right of the people abused by a priest when they were kids is also valid. For all you know, I am one of these kids. I don’t want money, nobody wants money, they want to challenge Evil. I find it hard to believe still. But when you research this, it is VERY hard to look the other way. Trust me.

Victims of sexual abuse by the clergy want the International Criminal Court to investigate Pope Benedict and three Vatican officials, accusing them of allowing the rape and abuse of children. The New York-based rights group Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and another group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), filed a complaint with the ICC alleging that Vatican officials committed crimes against humanity because they tolerated and enabled sex crimes. But it seems unlikely that the ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes court, could take on such a case. Many of the crimes occurred before 2002, when the ICC was set up, which puts them outside the court’s remit, while the Vatican itself has not signed up to the court’s jurisdiction.

“It will be very difficult to make an argument that the Church as an organized group committed a crime against humanity and it would be debatable whether that was based on a common plan,” said Andre de Hoogh, a senior lecturer in international law at Groningen University. The Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of sexual abuse scandals and allegations of cover-up in Europe and the United States in recent years. But this is the first time the sexual abuse scandal has been brought to an international jurisdiction, marking a new approach by victims and rights groups.

Victim support groups, which usually target church officials with their lawsuits, have increasingly sought to implicate the Vatican in their legal action. In its filing with the ICC on Tuesday, rights group CCR alleged that sex abuse crimes were “widespread and systematic.” “Crimes against tens of thousands of victims, most of them children, are being covered up by officials at the highest level of the Vatican. In this case, all roads really do lead to Rome,” CCR lawyer Pam Spees said. A Vatican spokesman said there would be no immediate comment. “The Office of the Prosecutor has received the documents,” spokeswoman Florence Olara said, adding the prosecutor’s office “will analyze … and make a decision in due course.”

May 19, 2011, SNAP and CCR sent a preliminary communication to the ICC Prosecutor.

September 13, 2011, SNAP and CCR filed complaint with ICC Prosecutor.

April 11, 2012, SNAP and CCR filed a supplemental communication with ICC Prosecutor.

February 28, 2013, SNAP and CCR submitted “Fighting for the Future: Adult Survivors Work to Protect Children and End the Culture of Clergy Sexual Abuse,” with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

July 1, 2013 The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child formally questioned the Vatican on its record with regard to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

November 25, 2013 Vatican submitted its responses to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

May 23, 2014 Committee Against Torture issued its report.

CCR Advocacy
Pam Spees, In the Case Against Vatican Officials for Rape and Sexual Violence, We’ve Come to the End, of the Beginning (September 2011)

Pam Spees, New Maciel Revelations on Heels of Papal Visit to Mexico (March 2012)

Groups Condemn Appointment of Archbishop Dolan to Cardinal of New York (February 2012)

The clues are everywhere, should you want to find them.


While the Vatican has not signed up to the ICC, countries such as Italy, the Netherlands and Germany have done so, which means that their citizens are subject to ICC jurisdiction. Pope Benedict is German-born and because a pope retains his nationality when he also takes on Vatican nationality this could potentially expose him to ICC prosecution. “It is a very slim avenue, but it’s an avenue nonetheless,” said Lorraine Smith at the International Bar Association, which monitors the ICC. “But there is still the issue of the timing of the offences.”

Alongside a filing of more than 80 pages, CCR said it had lodged more than 20,000 pages of supporting material including reports, policy papers and evidence of crimes by Catholic clergy committed against children and vulnerable adults. SNAP members from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States travelled to The Hague to file the request. It names Pope Benedict, former Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, current Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and Cardinal William Levada, the top doctrinal official. Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn publicly accused Sodano last year of blocking a Church inquiry into his predecessor, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, who stepped down in 1995 after being accused of sexually abusing young student priests

The ICC has investigated crimes including genocide, murder, conscription of child soldiers and rape, mostly in Africa. In June, it issued an arrest warrant for Libya‘s Muammar Gaddafi. The prosecutor’s office has received more than 9,000 requests for investigations, but has said almost half of them were “manifestly outside” its jurisdiction. In June, Syrian human rights groups called on the court to investigate the killing of civilians in Syria, but the court lacks jurisdiction there because Syria is not an ICC member. The Rome Statute that set up the court also stipulates that the ICC should be used as a court of last resort only if national proceedings are not taking place. The prosecutor must first seek approval from ICC judges before formally opening an investigation.

Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country

In 2009 several people came forward with accusations of sexual molestation against an Italian priest working in the country. The Church gave assurances of an investigation, but this has not taken place. However Kenyan police say they found no evidence and believe Sesana is innocent.

In 2010 a young woman alleged that a Catholic priest had undertaken inappropriate sexual activity against her will, but the police and Church authorities had failed to follow up the allegations.

The 2011 Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) documentary “A Mission To Prey” brought to notice Kenya’s clerical abuse cases, which should have been handled with more transparency. It has subsequently emerged that this program made false allegations against a priest, Fr. Kevin Reynolds, which resulted in the priest being removed from his home and his parish ministry. RTÉ has subsequently apologised for this programme and has stated that Fr. Reynolds was innocent of the charges stated. RTÉ has nevertheless left access to this programme even though upwards of 32 Slander & Libel cases are pending.

In 2011 a Dutch bishop was reported to be under probe over alleged sex abuse, The Bishop was alleged to have abused a minor when he served as a priest in Ngong diocese some 18 years prior to the report.

St Michael’s Catholic Boarding School, Soni, Tanzania

A prominent United Kingdom member of the order, Fr Kit Cunningham together with three other priests were exposed after Cunningham’s death as paedophiles While at Soni, Cunningham perpetrated sexual abuse that made the school, according to one pupil, “a loveless, violent and sad hellhole”. Other pupils recall being photographed naked, hauled out of bed at night to have their genitals fondled and other sexual abuse. Although known about by the Rosminians before Cunningham’s death in 2010, the abuse was only publicly revealed by the media in 2011 Formal action was launched by a group of former pupils at the civil court in Leicester, UK on 20 March 2013.

In 2002 the Catholic Church apologized for sexual abuses, including adultery, homosexuality and child abuse by two hundred priests over the previous 20 years.
In 2003 at least 34 priests were suspended in a sex abuse scandal involving sexual harassment of women. 20 were from a single diocese.
In 2011, a priest accused of sexually abusing a 17-year old female minor is sheltered by his Bishop, despite calls for his surrender to civil authorities.
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe
Archdiocese of Vienna
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Vienna archdiocese
In 1995 Hans Hermann Cardinal Groer stepped down as head of the Catholic Church in Austria following accusations of sexual misconduct. In 1998 he left the country. He remained a Cardinal.

Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe § Belgium
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.

Archdiocese of Zagreb
Ivan Čuček convicted in 2000 for sexual abuse of 37 young girls, sentenced to three years in prison, which was later reduced by Supreme Courtto to one and a half years.
Archdiocese of Rijeka
Drago Ljubičić convicted in 2007 was Catholic priest on the isle of Rab sentenced to three years in prison for molesting five teenage boys. He will be the first Catholic priest to serve prison time forsexual abuse in Croatia. When asked by Catholic press agency Glas Koncila (prior to scandal) why children avoid going to church he blamed ‘strong influence of communism on island Rab’.
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe § 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 Europe § Germany
In February 2010 Der Spiegel reported that more than 94 clerics and laymen have been suspected of sexual abuse since 1995, but only 30 of those suspects had actually been prosecuted because of legal time constraints on pursuing cases.

Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland
See also: Murphy Report and Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse
Archdiocese of Dublin
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin
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 Irishdiocese of Ferns.

Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe § Italy
It is difficult to ascertain the actual 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.
Three former students have claimed abuse and 65 former students signed statements saying that they or other students were abused by Catholic priests when attending the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, a Catholic school for deaf children in Verona, Italy. The abuse is alleged to have occurred from the 1950s to 1980s, and was reportedly conducted by 24 priests including the late bishop of Verona.
84 allegations had been made as of April 2010 and Lawrence Grech, one of many alleged victims complains that he was abused in an orphanage. Mr Grech complained in 2010 that the Church had been investigating cases for seven years without doing enough that is effective. The pope spoke to Mr Grech and approved his courage in coming forward. A Maltese court found that Fr Charles Pulis and Fr Godwin Scerri sexually abused children and sentenced the two men to six years and five years in prison respectively. The church regretted delays before there were proper investigations into the abuse and promised to defrock Fr Pulis.
Fr. Anthony Mercieca, who was accused by former Florida Congressman Mark Foley of molesting him as a teenager and has admitted “inappropriate encounters”, now lives in Malta.
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe § 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).

In 1993, Father H.H.M. Jansen is denounced for sexual abuse during his activities as military pastor and as a faculty member of the seminary of Rolduc.

On 14 May 1998 damages of € 56.800 were paid by the diocese of Rotterdam to the victim of sexual abuse by a diocesan priest in order to avoid civil prosecution.

Father J. Ceelen, pastor of the parishes of Lieshout and of Mariahout (municipality of Laarbeek) quits his post after allegations of sexual abuse on 1 September 2005.

In February 2010 Salesians were accused of sexual abuse in their juvenate Don Rua in ‘s-Heerenberg. Salesian bishop of Rotterdam van Luyn pleaded for a thorough investigation.

In 2011 the Deetman Commission, acting on the 2010 request of the Conference of Bishops and the Dutch Religious Conference, reported on its inquiry into abuse cases from 1945 to 2010 affecting children entrusted to the care of the church in the Netherlands.

Georg Müller, a former Catholic Bishop in Trondheim, Norway, has admitted to sexually abusing an altar boy in the 1980s when he served as a priest there. Müller, who retired as bishop in 2009, said there were no other victims.

In 2013, the Catholic Church authorities have stated that they will not pay compansation to the victims of sex abuse in the Church.

Archdiocese of Poznań
In March 2002 the Archbishop of Poznań, Juliusz Paetz, stepped down following accusations, which he denied, of sexually molesting young priests.

Diocese of Płock
In early 2007 allegations surfaced that former Bishop Stanislaw Wielgus (later very briefly Archbishop of Warsaw) was aware that several priests in his former diocese of Płock were sexually abusing minors.

Archdiocese of Ljubljana
Franc Frantar – detained in 2006 for sexual abuse of up to 16 minors. He was later sentenced to five years in prison. He initially escaped prosecution by escaping to Malawi to work there as a missionary, but returned to Slovenia after Interpol warrant was issued.
Diocese of Stockholm
One child was sexually abused by a priest several years in the late 1950s. When the child raised the issue at the time, the priest was protected and the abuse was kept quiet by the church. The victim finally reported the abuse to the Stockholm diocese in December 2005. The victim demanded a public apology from the church. In June 2007 Sweden’s Catholic church made a public apology in two newspapers.

Great Britain
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Europe § Great Britain
There have been a considerable number of sex abuse cases in the United Kingdom including:

Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster
On the 15 November 2013 Canon Stephen Shield of Lancaster Cathedral was found guilty of three counts of Indecent Assault and sentenced to four months for the first count and twelve months each for counts two and three to be served concurrently over a twelve month prison sentence. He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

Benedictine Order
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the English Benedictine Congregation
Buckfast Abbey School
In 2007 two former monks from Buckfast Abbey were sentenced for sexually abusing boys.

Ealing Abbey / St Benedict’s School
In 2009 a monk of Ealing Abbey and former headmaster of the junior department of its associated school, St Benedict’s, was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing boys.

Belmont Abbey / Belmont Abbey School
In 2004 former priest John Kinsey of Belmont Abbey, Herefordshire, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court for 5 years for sexual assaults on schoolboys in the mid-1980s.

North America
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Canada
Archdiocese of St. John’s
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in St. John’s archdiocese
In the 1990s, criminal proceedings began against members of the Christian Brothers in Newfoundland.

Main article: Sexual scandal of Father Marcial Maciel
See also: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Latin America
Fr. Marcial Maciel (1920–2008) founded the Legion of Christ, a Catholic order of priests originating in Mexico. Nine former seminarians of his order accused Maciel of molestation. Maciel maintained his innocence of the accusations.

United States
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States
Archdiocese of Anchorage
See also: Sexual abuse scandal in the Society of Jesus
In 2007, the Society of Jesus made a $50 million payout to over 100 Inuit 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. In 2008, 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 Crookston
Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was charged with molesting two teenage girls at a Catholic church in Greenbush, Minnesota, a small rural town near the Canadian border. The abuse occurred in 2004, and charges were filed in 2006 and amended in 2007. Without facing legal punishment, Jevapaul returned to his home diocese in Ootacamund, India, where today he works in the church’s diocesan office. A Roseau County, Minnesota attorney is seeking to extradite the priest from India in a criminal case involving one of the girls. The Archbishop of Madras, India (Madras is now called “Chennai”) has asked Jeyapaul to return to the US to face the charges. Jevapaul has said that he will not fight extradition if the US seeks it.

Diocese of Davenport
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Davenport diocese
On October 10, 2006, the Diocese of Davenport filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Archdiocese of Denver
In July 2008 the Archdiocese of Denver paid a settlement of $5.5 million to 18 claims of alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by two clerics between the years of 1954 and 1981.

Archdiocese of Dubuque
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Dubuque archdiocese
In 2006 the Archdiocese settled a number of claims of sexual abuse, 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, 22 priests were involved in the settlement with cases going back as far 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 lawsuits. The archdiocese will settle about 500 cases for about $600 million.

Diocese of Memphis
The Diocese of Memphis reached a $2 million settlement with a man who was abused as a boy by Father Juan Carlos Duran, a priest with a history of sexual misconduct with juveniles in St. Louis,Panama, and Bolivia.

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 counseling 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.[citation needed] 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.

A Wisconsin priest, the Rev. Lawrence C Murphy, who taught at the former St. John School for the Deaf in the Milwaukee suburb of St. Francis, Wisconsin from 1950 to 1974, allegedly molested more than 200 deaf boys. Several U.S. bishops warned the Vatican that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church. Murphy was moved by then Milwaukee Archbishop William E Cousins to Superior, Wisconsin, a small city near Lake Superior, where he spent his final 24 years working with children in parishes, schools and a juvenile detention center. He died in 1998. As of March 2010, there were four outstanding lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in the case.

Diocese of Oakland
In 1981, the former Rev. Stephen Kiesle was convicted for tying up and molesting two boys in a California church rectory.From 1981 to 1985, Bishop John Stephen Cummins, who oversaw Kiesle, contacted the Vatican about defrocking him. Then-cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, responded by letter that the case needed more time, as it was “necessary to consider the good of the Universal Church” and “the detriment that granting the dispensation” could provoke among the faithful. In 1987, the Vatican defrocked Kiesle. The letter was widely regarded as evidence of Ratzinger’s role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests. Vatican officials responded that that interpretation rested on a misreading of the letter, in which the issue was not whether Kiesle should be defrocked but whether he should be granted the dispensation he had requested from the obligation of chastity. By refusing to grant such a dispensation right away in the Kiesle case, Ratzinger was actually being tough with an abuser, not lax.

Archdiocese of Omaha
During his tenure as the Bishop of Helena, Montana, Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss chose to reassign a priest who had been accused of pedophilia in 1959, later admitting that he had not properly examined the church’s personnel file on the individual concerned. Curtiss faced similar criticism in 2001 in regard to a priest accused of accessing child pornography. Curtiss, it was alleged, had failed to bring the case to the attention of the authorities, and had chosen to send the priest for counseling and to reassign the priest, removing him from his high-school teaching position but reassigning him to a middle-school.

Diocese of Orange, California
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 Palm Beach
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic diocese of Palm Beach
Joseph Keith Symons resigned as ordinary in 1998 after admitting he molested five boys while he was a pastor.

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 pleaded 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 that Cistone was complicit in covering up. In February 2011, Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary of the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, was charged with child endangerment, marking the first time that a high-ranking official has been charged since the eruption of sex abuse scandals nearly ten years prior. Lynn was found by a grand jury to have placed pedophiles in posts involving contact with children, which led directly to the sexual assault of two boys. Three priests and one teacher face rape charges.

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.[citation needed] 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 was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old parishioner.

Diocese of San Diego
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in San Diego diocese
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.[citation needed]

Diocese of Savannah
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic diocese of Savannah
In October, 2009, the diocese of Savannah paid $4.24 million to settle a lawsuit which alleged that Lessard allowed a priest named Wayland Brown to work in the diocese when Lessard knew that Brown was a serial child molester who posed a danger to children.

Diocese of Spokane
Under Bishop William S. Skylstad the Diocese of Spokane declared bankruptcy in December 2004. As part of its bankruptcy, the diocese 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 for bankruptcy in September, 2004. It 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 pleaded guilty to sexually abusing eight male students.
Archdiocese of Melbourne
Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
There were several cases of sexual abuse in the Melbourne Archdiocese.

Michael Charles Glennon: former diocesan priest, sentenced to at least 15 years in jail for sexually abusing four Aboriginal boys between 1984 and 1991.
Gerry Francis Ridsdale: convicted in 1994, he pled guilty on 46 sexual offenses.
Wilfred James Baker: sentenced to four years in prison (parole after 2 years) for crimes involving eight boys.
David Daniel: sentenced to six years jail, with parole after 4.5 years, for molesting four boys, a girl and an adult male.
Paul Pavlou: convicted on 29 June 2009 of committing an indecent act with a child under 16 and of being knowingly in possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to an 18-month jail sentence suspended for 24 months and to a two-year community based order. He was registered on the Sex Offenders Register for 15 years. These offences occurred in 2005-2006 while he was the priest at Healesville in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Francis Klep SDB: convicted of indecent assault in 1994, and charged with an additional five counts. He moved to Samoa, but in 2004 the Samoan government made moves to deport him from the country after becoming aware of the previous conviction and charges.
New Zealand
Main article: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in New Zealand
The abuse scandal at the Marylands School is an important chapter in the clerical abuse affairs in New Zealand but other cases have also emerged.

South America
See also: Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Latin America
Argentinaual abuse and one count of corrupting a minor in the “Happy Children’s Foundation”.
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 by Archbishop Edgardo Storni on 47 young seminarists surfaced in 1994, and were published in 2000. This led to a victim from a 1992 incident coming forward, followed by a conviction for eight years in Dec. 2009

Diocese of Anápolis
Fr. Tarcísio Tadeu Spricigo was arrested after his checklist for choosing victims was found and given to police. He had molested children in at least five parishes.The case was one of those featured in an episode of the BBC‘s Panorama documentary series titled Sex Crimes and the Vatican and became an example of the Vatican’s policies regarding pedophile priests.In November 2005 he was sentenced to a prison term of over 14 years.
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.
Archdiocese of Penedo
In 2010 Authorities in Brazil began an investigation into three priests after a video allegedly showing a priest sexually abusing an altar boy was broadcast on the SBT television station.
Archdiocese of Santiago
José Andrés Aguirre Ovalle, aka “Cura Tato”, was found guilty of nine sexual abuse charges by the highest court of this country. In 2004 Aguirre was sentenced to 12 years in jail. At the beginning of this trial, the Catholic Church was sentenced to pay 50 million in damages to the victims, but then this sentence was revoked by the supreme court.
Ricardo Muñoz Quinteros, priest of Melipilla, was charged in 2010 with eight cases of sexually abusing minors, including his own daughter. Also, is investigated for producing pronografic material involving children.
In 2010, the Catholic Church began an investigation into sexual abuse allegedly committed by Fr. Fernando Karadima, after four people came forward with allegations of abuse. He was found guilty and convicted by the Vatican in February 18, 2011. He was sentenced to a life of prayer and penitence, banned from any contact with his ex parishioners and forbidden to perform any priestly ministry in public or private except for mass by himself. He is currently living in a home for seniors where the Archbishop of Santiago put him under the care of some nuns. Karadima still does not acknowledge any wrongdoing after several testimonies helped convict him.
Diocese of Valparaíso
Eduardo Olivares Martínez, was found guilty of a five sexual abuse against underprivileged minors. In 2006 was sentenced to 3 years in jail and to pay 15 million pesos in damages.
In 2010, Juan Henríquez Zapata was indicted for using minors for sex services.
Diocese of Rancagua
Jorge Galaz Espinoza, former Director of El Pequeño Cottolengo, was found guilty of repeated violations against two mentally disabled minors. In 2005 Galaz was sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Diocese of Punta Arenas
Jaime Low Cabezas, was found guilty of a sexual abuse against a 15 year-old minor. In 2009 Low was sentenced to 3 years in jail.
Víctor Hugo Carrera, was found guilty of a sexual abuse against one underprivileged minor. In 2005 Carrera was sentenced to 541 days in jail and to pay 2 million pesos in damages to the family of the victim. The case involved the bishop of the diocese, who was accused of protecting Carrera and facilitating his escape to Bolivia, where he lived for two years.
In 2007, Daniel Bernardo Beltrán Murguía Ward, a 42 year-old SCV consecrated layman was found by the National Police in a hostel in Cercado de Lima with a 12 year-old boy, of whom he was taking sexually explicit pictures. The boy was initially lured by Murguía Ward in Miraflores, where he was given Pokémon figures in exchange for photos of his intimate parts. When Murguía Ward was caught, he had paid the boy 20 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 SCV for his alleged misconduct.