The data of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: the peak of allegations of sexual abuse in the world in 2004. Many cases in the period between 1965 and 1985.
Allegations of sexual abuse by priests around the world have reached the number of 800 in 2004, and in subsequent years totaled about 600 cases a year, but concern many old episodes up to 40 years before.
This was announced by the new promoter of justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Father Robert W. Oliver, stating that "the majority of the complaints are about abuses committed from 1965 to 1985."
Meeting with reporters, the successor of Monsignor Charles Scicluna, said that the Congregation is responsible for the most serious crimes
and that in 2011 he sent a letter with the criteria set out to draw up "guidelines" to follow in the fight against abuses to help the Episcopal Conferences "in the spirit of proper service of the Roman Curia, as established in Pastor Bonus".
And this, he said, "following the vision of Pope Benedict has shown us that the priorities with a clear indication of the urgent needs: assistance for victims, protection of children, training seminars, and collaboration support to abusers to civil authorities."