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Many of the accused priests were forced to resign or were laicized.In addition, several bishops who had participated in the cover-up were also forced to resign or retire.As it became clear that there was truth to many of the allegations and that there was a pattern of cover-ups in a number of large dioceses across the United States, the issue became a nationwide scandal, creating a crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States.Though, the sex abuse cases are not unique in comparison to other countries, the sex abuse crisis in the United States is more conspicuous due to the behavior and reaction (or lack thereof) from the clergy and the Vatican.Instead of reporting the incidents to police, many dioceses directed the offending priests to seek psychological treatment and assessment.In response to these allegations, defenders of the Church's actions have suggested that in reassigning priests after treatment, bishops were acting on the best medical advice then available, a policy also followed by the US public school system when dealing with accused teachers.In 2008, the Church asserted that the scandal was a very serious problem, but at the same time, estimated that it was "probably caused by 'no more than 1 per cent' (or about 5,000) of the around 410,000 Roman Catholic priests worldwide.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office initiated the investigation, said in a news conference, “They protected their institution at all costs.
The product of the study, titled the John Jay Report indicated that some 11,000 allegations had been made against 4,392 priests in the USA.
This number constituted approximately 4% of the priests who had served during the period covered by the survey (1950–2002).
The Church was widely criticized when it was discovered that some bishops knew about the crimes committed, but reassigned the accused instead of seeking to have them permanently removed from the priesthood.
Some bishops have been heavily criticized for moving offending priests from parish to parish, where they still had personal contact with children, rather than seeking to have them permanently removed from the priesthood.
In July 2007 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a $660 million agreement with more than 500 alleged victims, in December 2006, the archdiocese had a settlement of 45 lawsuits for $60 million.