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Catholic Church Gets 783 New Abuse Claims. And the hit parade of misery continues, as more and more sexual abuse victims come forward. The numbers are mind-boggling:

* Since 1950, the church has racked 12,000 clergy abuse allegations

* The total cost of abuse just in 2005 was nearly $467 million. This figure includes settlements, therapy for victims, support for offenders and attorneys’ fees, and more.

* Adding up that figure to all the payouts since 1950, this nightmare has cost dioceses more than $1 billion.

And you know it will keep on rising.

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