The Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque has issued a report on the alleged sexual abuse of children by priests in its 30 Iowa counties over the past five decades. Archbishop Jerome Hanus says ten priests were accused of abuse in the 1950s, five priests were accused in the 1960s, and five more were accused in the ’70s and ’80s. Between 1990 and 2002, one priest was convicted and sent to prison. In all, accusations have been leveled against 26 priests in the archdiocese; 18 of them have since died. Some $716,000 was spent on settlements. The report says 67 children were victimized over the years, 55 of them were boys. Hanus issued an apology for the “inaction” of some archbishops, by allowing abusive priests to stay in power.
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