The truth about how much the Catholic church has spent on child abuse lawsuits.
Pedophilia in the Catholic church has been a huge issue for them, and the allegations don’t seem to be slowing down.
Pope Francis has done his best PR-wise for the church, as he has tried to play-down and sweep under the carpet as many as the scandals as he can, but he can only do so much.
The mounting number of allegations which have turned into lawsuits has seen the Catholic church have to pay out vast sums of money, but where are they getting it from?
The Catholic church is highly secretive about the amount of cash they have, but the estimates suggest that they are one of the richest organizations in the world – their fine art collection alone is worth millions of dollars.
Devout Catholics are putting their hands in their pockets every week to donate to their local church, but how much of this money is going to pay for lawyers to protect their pedophile priests?
National Catholic Reporter workers Jack and Diane Ruhl have estimated that so far the Vatican have spent $3,994,797,060.10 on lawsuits, nearly $4 billion.
They even say this is an underestimation due the amount of underhand deals that have surely taken place surrounding these shocking cases.
Back in the 1990’s an monk spoke to the New Yorker about the same issue, saying:
“You wouldn’t believe the amounts of money the church is spending to settle these priestly sexual-abuse cases.” Judging by this time scale it appears that these cover-ups and lawsuits have been going on far longer than the media have realized.
Pope Francis gave some words of support to his clergymen about the issue, saying:
“I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you, and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.”