Bishop Accountability


Accused Priests: 36 (allegations against 6 "were determined to be unfounded," and allegations against another 6 were unsubstantiated or there was "insufficient information")
Total Priests: 1,706
Allegations: 114
Cost: Approximately $1.51 million (of which $1.24 million for treatment, compensation, or payment to victims; $270,000 for legal fees)
Source of Funds: $831,000 from insurers.

See Cathy Lynn Grossman, Survey: More Clergy Abuse Cases Than Previously Thought (2/10/04) with AP table of data for 74 dioceses.

See press release and open letter from Bishop Matthew H. Clark.

See the Dallas Morning News database entry on Bishop Matthew H. Clark. The June 2002 database examined the records of bishops and identified those who had allowed accused priests to continue working or had otherwise protected priests accused of sexual abuse. The database is relevant to the bishops' "Nature and Scope" study because the bishops who prepared the surveys for the study are in many cases responsible for the "scope" of the problem.



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