.- The number of abuse claims against Catholic clergy have dropped for the second consecutive year, says a new report on the efforts of the Catholic Church in the United States to protect children from sexual abuse.
There were 714 abuse claims in 2006, compared with 783 in 2005, and 1,092 in 2004.
âThis is a sobering report,â said Bishop Gregory Aymond, chair of the U.S. Bishopsâ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. âThe decline in reported cases is good. Most allegations were for behavior which took place decades ago, but the fact that there are any recent cases at all is very disconcerting.â
âI take heart in the increased funding for child protection efforts,â he said in a statement. âThis demonstrates our commitment to creating a safe environment and a faith environment in our parishes, schools and other Catholic institutions.â
The survey found that more than 70 percent of the incidents against minors that were reported in 2006 occurred between 1960 and 1984.
The report also showed:
The full report is available at www.usccb.org/ocyp