New data from the Australian royal commission today (February 6, 2017) reveals that seven percent of Australia's Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in the six decades since 1950, according to The Guardian website.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse released damning statistics today on the scale of the crisis within the Catholic Church.
Twenty-two percent of Christian Brothers and 20 percent of Marist Brothers -- both orders that run schools -- were alleged perpetrators. More than one in five priests in the Benedictine community of New Norcia were alleged perpetrators, while 17.2 percent of clergy were accused of crimes against children in the Salesians of Don Bosco order.
In total, between 1980 and 2015, 4,444 people alleged incidents of child sexual abuse relating to 93 Catholic Church authorities. The abuse allegedly took place in more than 1,000 institutions. The average age of victims was 10.5 for girls and 11.6 for boys.