Friday, June 18, 2004
From the AP wire:
Between 100 and 200 Roman Catholic priests around the world were moved from country to country after they were accused of sex offenses against minors, according to an 18-month investigation by the Dallas Morning News . . . .
“We're focusing on international movement of abusive priests, people who have been accused and in many cases criminally charged, in some cases even convicted or otherwise admitted” abuse, [reporter Brooks] Edgerton said. He did not say what time period was covered by the investigation.
He said initial coverage will focus on the Salesians, a large order that was founded in 19th century Italy by St. John Bosco. It works mainly with poor and needy children.
“We have found a systematic practice of moving the most serious abuse cases on to other countries to protect the accused,” Edgerton said.