The scale of child abuse by priests remained hidden in the United States for years until the Archbishop of Boston confessed in 2002 to protecting a priest he knew had sexually abused young members of his church.
According to the group "Bishop Accountability," some 3000 priests out of the 42,000 across the country have since been denounced after abusing children, some of whom have been investigated and convicted.
US Catholic authorities have paid out close to 3.2 billion dollars in damages, forcing many dioceses to sell off their assets.
There must be a reason why priests are so more likely to be paedophiles than the general public. It used to be the assumption that there were no more paedophiles in the church than anywhere else and that it only got reported more, But if the numbers from "bishop accountability" are anything to go by being a paedophile is almost a requirement.
hardly the behaviour you would expect from people who really believed in god.