A comprehensive, long-term study commissioned by the Catholic Bishops' Council in the United States found that approximately 4 per cent of ordained priests had sexual misconduct allegations made against them between 1950 and 2002.
This equates to a ratio one in 25 ordained priests, and let’s not forget most sexual abuse victims chose to keep their suffering secret, so the actual number/percentage would likely be greater than this, given these were only the priests reported-to Church authorities.
This sad & frightening statistic comes from none-other than the Catholic Church itself, and makes a mockery of apologists false & misleading claims that only “a small number of priests are involved.”
Confirmation that at least 1 in 25 priests faced allegations of sexual abuse goes to prove just how endemic and rife sexual deviancy is within The Catholic Church clergy.
In-fact I would suggest it is so rife, as to be impossible to root-out completely.