After years of investigations and hearings, the sheer scale of child sexual abuse within the Australian Catholic Church has been revealed.
Between 1950 and 2015, 7% of Australian priests were accused of abusing children, according to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Over 40% of brothers in some orders have been accused of abuse.
Why would anyone think pedophilia among Catholic Priests would be isolated to Australia?
The commission's findings provide yet more evidence of a global epidemic of sex abuse and cover-up within the church. Previous reports have documented widespread abuse in the United States, Ireland, Brazil, the Netherlands and Germany, among other countries.