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Catholic charities tested by abuse scandals, border crisis

Posted at 5:11 AM, Jul 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 08:11:49-04

NEW YORK (AP) — The past year has been a difficult one for U.S. charities affiliated with the Catholic Church. Even as many donors reacted in dismay to the church’s sex-abuse scandals, the charities faced new challenges due to the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

For the biggest agencies — Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services — it’s too early to gauge the overall financial impact of recent sex-abuse developments. But several local Catholic Charities affiliates report a drop in donations due at least in part to the scandals.

Those included abuse allegations that led to former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s ouster from the priesthood and a Pennsylvania grand jury report asserting that about 300 Roman Catholic priests had abused children at six of the state’s dioceses over seven decades.