The clergy I happen to know are wonderful people. Nevertheless, charges of clergy crime continue. Seldom is there a review of the number and cost of these cases.
Anyone who follows this in the Midwest knows of the Catholic scandals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. They know of Bishop Dolan in Milwaukee who tried to hide the Diocese millions in a cemetery fund. They might know of the huge issue in the Chicago Diocese and, of course, California and New York.
The new story is about the tiny country of Guam where 100 testimonies of victims is the saddest of all. Hiding priests there was attempted but was more difficult.
An organization I belong to, Freedom From Religion Foundation, lists every other month the clergy who are charged with crimes. It also lists convictions and plea bargains, all from newspapers accounts.
We have to keep in mind that there are larger numbers of some kinds of clergy and smaller numbers of others. The number of Catholic clergy is huge as well as the number of small independent protestant clergy. It is common for the latter to run their own churches.
These two seem to have the largest number of sexual and theft problems. My impression is they are also the clergy with the most sense of empowerment. Catholic clergy are told they have a linage from St. Peter. Preachers who start their own churches might not have the level of supervision as those in denominations.
One can only hope things improve.