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We have had similar scandals this year in Finland, concerning another church, not the Catholic. As far as I know there have been no Catholic cases in Finland. Sometime ago, they inerviewed a high police official on TV, and he said that we should not get hysterical about the child abuse cases within churches, because that is such a small percentage within the whole problem. He said the same thing, that the most cases happen within the child's own family, but that there are also case that have … [More]
romereports | June 01, 2010
Between 1995 and 2009, German police received 138,000 complaints of child sexual abuse. Of these, 147 were committed by priests or religious. That is, less than 0.1% of the total.

Child sexual abuse is not a problem unique to the Catholic Church. Paradoxically, the majority of abuse takes place in the family, where between 60 and 70 percent of such assaults are committed. The main culprit is the father ((35.8%)), but also the mother ((30.8 (%)), brothers and sister… [More]