July 15, 2007 / 8:07 PM / 12 years ago

FACTBOX: Roman Catholic Church sex scandals in Europe, U.S.

(Reuters) - Following are some sexual abuse scandals that have affected the Roman Catholic Church in Europe and the United States. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Diocese announced a record compensation deal for victims of sexual abuse by priests.

AUSTRIA - 1995 - The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, is forced to retire after allegations that he had molested a schoolboy 20 years earlier.

- July 2004 - Austrian News magazine Profil ran pictures of priests kissing and groping seminarians studying for the priesthood at a Roman Catholic seminary in the St Poelten diocese.

BRITAIN - July 2000 - The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, acknowledged he had made a mistake while in a previous post in the 1980s by allowing a pedophile to carry on working as a priest. The priest at the center of the controversy, Father Michael Hill, was jailed in 1997 for abusing nine boys over a 20-year period.

FRANCE - March 2000 - A court sentenced Abbot Jean-Lucien Maurel to 10 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing three boys. The assaults dated back to 1994-96, when Maurel was head of a school in the southern French department of Aveyron.

IRELAND - April 2002 - Brendan Comiskey, one of Ireland’s best-known priests, resigned as Bishop of Ferns over the way he had dealt with allegations of sexual abuse against a priest of his diocese, Father Sean Fortune. Fortune committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of sexual abuse.

POLAND - March 2002 - Archbishop Juliusz Paetz quit following accusations, which he denied, of sexually molesting young priests.

THE UNITED STATES - Feb 2004 - Independent researchers commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a report on alleged priestly sexual abuse of children in the United States after the American Roman Catholic Church was shaken by a series of sex scandals in 2002.

Cardinal Bernard Law, the most senior Roman Catholic official in the United States, resigned in Dec 2002 after his mishandling of clergy sexual abuse.

The report states that:

* A total of 10,667 people accused priests of child sexual abuse from 1950 through 2002.

* More than 17 percent of accusers had siblings who were also allegedly abused. Among accusers, 46.9 percent said they had been abused numerous times.

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