52 priests defrocked by Catholic Church in England and Wales for sexual abuse since 2001

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 25 Juli 2014 | 08.21

LONDON: As many as 52 priests have been defrocked by the Catholic Church in England and Wales for sexual abuse since 2001.

Data made public on Friday by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has shown that 465 sexual assault claims were made against clergy members between 2003 and 2012.

Of these, 31 members of the Church were accused of having abusive images of children with an equal number accused of carrying out emotional abuse.
Around 78 Church members have been charged with physical abuse.

"There have been 52 laicisations completed since 2001," the Church announced.

CSAS director Adrian Child said the Church had made it mandatory for all allegations to be immediately reported to police.

Child said "Often there is a time lapse of 20, 30, 40 years between the abuse and people coming forward. We have no real knowledge of how many people there might be who have been hurt in some way in the past".

In the 10-year period between 2003 to 2012, 598 allegations of abuse were reported to the statutory authorities by dioceses and religious congregations in England and Wales.

Of these, 465 (77%) were allegations of sexual abuse.

The Church however admitted "while no doubt for good practical reasons, given the length of time such actions can take, this means that large numbers of outcomes simply fall out of sight, and never appear in the data (unless they eventually result in a laicisation). In each year, between 30 and 45% of all allegations are listed as 'Investigation initiated and in progress'".

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) said the Church had put in robust measures to tackle abuse but admitted it had no real knowledge of how many victims there were.

There are about 4,500 Catholic priests in England and Wales, according to the NCSC.

The Church said "Summary nature of data collection and storage means that no deep analysis of statistics is possible. We know that 70% of diocesan allegations relate to sexual abuse; that 32% happened in the 1970s; and that 51% were by a priest. But there is no way of telling what proportion of 1970s allegations concern sexual abuse by priests".

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