It is a standard Catholic lie to say that “less than 1% of priests are child sex abusers”. It makes Catholics feel better to say this, which minimizes the problem. It’s also a blatant lie. No one knows the exact number, except the church itself, which never tells the truth about it.
However, here is the evidence that the real number is between 2% and 18%.
The John Jay report, which was produced with information supplied by the Catholic Church, the third paragraph said that 4% of priests (4,392 of 100,000) were accused pedophiles.
Then the Catholic Church came out with the USCCB Schuth report of 2013 that added another 6,630 pedo priests, making the number about 11%.
Even Pope Francis himself admitted that 2% of priests were pedophiles in the Wall Street Journal article.
“Spotlight” showed that 18% of priests in Boston (271/1500) were pedophiles.
So the number is:
- at least 2%, if you believe the Pope
- 11%, if you believe the Catholic Church’s reports
- 18%, if you believe the “Spotlight” team, the only institution to actively investigate the Catholic Church
In other words, if you don’t seek the truth, Catholic evangelists will blatantly lie to you, while claiming the Catholic Church is “God’s church”.