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The US Catholic Church spent more than $300 million on abuse-related costs in 12 months

Between June 2017 and June 2018 the Catholic Church in the United States spent a whopping $301.6 million on costs related to clergy sexual abuse, including nearly $200 million in legal settlements, according to a report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The new report also revealed that, during the same 12-month period, the church fielded 1,051 new "credible allegations" of sexual abuse of a minor by priests and other clergy. read more »

Boy Scouts admit letting sex predators return to scouting, misleading Congress

Despite an earlier denial to Congress, the Boy Scouts of America have now admitted that sexual predators were allowed to return to scouting "decades ago" even after "credible accusations of sexual abuse.”

In a new letter to Congress, Michael B. Surbaugh, chief Scout executive, said he was “incorrect” in an earlier letter denying that leaders suspected of abuse were allowed to return to scouting.

“When I sent my response to your November 20, 2018 letter, I believed in good faith, and with deeply felt conviction, that BSA would never have knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth,” he wrote in a May 28 letter to California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who is leading a probe into Boy Scout abuse claims. read more »