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Vatican received 404 reports of child abuse in 2011

'Considerably higher' than 2005-2009

Vatican received 404 reports of child abuse in 2011

(ANSA) - Vatican City, August 28 - The policy of transparency pursued by Pope Benedict XVI concerning paedophilia in the Church has led to a "considerable" increase in the number of reports of child abuse by clergy according to the 2011 edition of the annual report "The activity of the Holy See" published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana at the end of July. In 2011 the disciplinary office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith opened a total of 599 procedures, of which 404 concerned cases of abuse perpetrated by members of the priesthood against minors. This was fewer than in 2010 but considerably more than in the period 2005-2009, the volume said. The Congregation initiated a total of 37 judicial proceedings and 189 administrative proceedings in 2011. It also submitted to the Pope a request for the removal "ex officio" from the clerical state of 125 priests and for dispensation from priestly obligations for a further 135.

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