To provide some perspective to readers on the sex abuse issue, we provided this graphic to our client publications this week on the 3,000 cases processed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2001. The chief source for these statistics is Msgr. Charles Scicluna, a doctrinal congregation official from Malta who deals directly with cases of priests accused of abuse of minors. We reported on the statistics in this story last month — headlined “Vatican defends efforts by pope, church to curb sex abuse by priests” — as some of the new allegations of mishandling of sex abuse cases began emerging in several European countries, including Pope Benedict XVI’s native Germany.
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