I happened to be at a training session yesterday, and the lady doing the training (an arch-diocesan official who seemed to know her stuff) commented that “Statistically, the Catholic Church is responsible for around 30% of abuse cases.”
I’m assuming she was talking about child abuse statistics, and also that that this referred to Australian statistics. I don’t know if this included all child abuse cases, including those where family or close relations were responsible, or if this was institutional abuse only (schools, churches, clubs and the like).
This means that the other 70% were not carried out by members of the Catholic Church.
She also said that about 2 to 4% of priests were involved or predisposed to this behaviour (which means 96 to 98% were not), and that the general percentage of the (male?) population who were likewise involved or predisposed was about 2 to 4%. Which means our priests are made up of the same raw material as the general population.
Which should come as no surprise to anybody.
I think the JW’s are going to come in for a hammering from the legal fraternity, over here anyway.