third audit, as with the first two, were conducted by the Gavin Group,
a private firm that employed teams comprised mainly of former FBI
new claims, reported yesterday, bring the total number of accusations
against Catholic clergy to more than 12,000 since 1950.
this year’s audit drew some criticism because of changes in how it was
conducted. In the first two annual audits, nearly all 195 dioceses
received an on site visit. During the most recent review, 104 dioceses
simply filled out a questionnaire; the others were visited.
Prior to the new audit, the abuse problem was known to have cost dioceses more than $1 billion since 1950.
the cost in 2005 alone was nearly $467 million, including settlements,
therapy for victims, support for offenders and attorneys' fees, among
other things,says the report.
separate report found a slight decline in compliance with all of the
provisions of the bishops’ 2002 sex abuse policy. Only 88.5 percent of
dioceses were fully compliant compared with more than 95 percent the
Results of the United States Catholic bishops’ third
nationwide audit show that dioceses nationwide received a total
of 783 new claims of sex abuse by clergy in 2005, although most
of the allegations involve cases that are decades old. In 2004, the
number of new claims for that year was 1,092.