The Catholic Church received $1.4 billion in taxpayer-funded COVID-19 relief aid. Some of this money was given to dioceses with a history of clergy abuse.
In 2002, the Boston Globe exposed sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The published work shocked the nation and led to reforms to benefit sexual abuse victims.
Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is facing a second allegation of child sexual abuse. DiMarzio vehemently denies the decades-old claims.
The economic effects of COVID-19 are impacting Catholic dioceses facing sexual abuse claims. The pandemic may lead to more bankruptcies and affect proceedings.
Patrick T. Hoare, a Charlotte priest was placed on leave due to a sexual abuse claim. He has not been criminally charged, but investigations are underway.
A survivor of child sex abuse won the first settlement under the California Child Victims Act. The plaintiff won $1.9 million from the L.A. Archdiocese.