Thursday, December 9, 2010

European abuse cases

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Factbox: European Catholic sex abuse cases in 2010

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(Reuters) - A report into sexual abuse of Dutch minors by Roman Catholic priests showed the Netherlands ranked second only to Ireland in the known extent of the scandals rocking the Church in Europe.

Here are some details of the major developments in the Roman Catholic Church scandals in Europe this year.

* AUSTRIA:

-- Aug 10 - A record 100,000 Austrians expected to leave the Catholic Church in 2010 because of sexual abuse scandals rocking the Church in Europe, a newspaper reports.

-- June 28 - Pope Benedict rebukes Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn for accusing a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, of covering up sexual abuse cases.

* BELGIUM:

-- Sept 10 - Widespread child sexual abuse in Belgian Church drove at least 13 victims to suicide, a Church commission reports. Of the 475 cases it recorded, two-thirds of the victims were male, with boys aged about 12 most vulnerable.

-- Sept 8 - Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who stepped down as Brussels archbishop in January, admits he made mistakes dealing with abuse cases. He came under heavy criticism after a tape of him urging a victim to keep quiet was published.

-- June 24 - Police raid Church offices and Danneels's flat and confiscate files and computers from panel probing abuse cases. The raid occurs during meeting of country's bishops, who are held by police for nine hours. The Vatican sharply criticizes Belgian authorities for the raids.

-- April 23 - Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe resigns and goes into hiding after admitting he had sexually abused his own nephew for years.

* BRITAIN:

-- Sept 18 - Pope Benedict makes one of his strongest apologies to abuse victims while on state visit to Britain, expressing his deep sorrow to innocent victims of "these unspeakable crimes."

-- April 22 - Bishops in England and Wales apologize for abuse cases worldwide, saying "terrible crimes" had been committed and Church response has been mostly inadequate. The local Church had a series of scandals about a decade ago but introduced reforms since then.

* GERMANY:

-- Dec 3 - Munich archdiocese inquiry reports that at least 159 priests were involved in or suspected of sexual abuse cases from 1945 to 2009 and 26 had been tried and found guilty. It says there were probably more cases that had been hushed up or whose files had been destroyed.

-- Sept 23 - Catholic bishops agree to compensate victims of clerical sexual abuse.

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