Continuing research has produced further details of where and by whom much of the reported abuse in the Catholic Church in New Zealand was committed. Source: NZCBC.
The research is being undertaken by Te Rōpū Tautoko, the group that coordinates the Church’s engagement with New Zealand's Royal Commission on Abuse in Care.
Te Rōpū Tautoko yesterday published information expanding on research published in February as part of its ongoing Information Gathering Project.
The February research found that a total of 1680 reports of abuse were made nationally between 1950 and 2021 by 1122 individuals against Catholic clergy, brothers, nuns, sisters, and lay people, with 592 alleged abusers named.
The 1960s and 1970s were the decades when the most reported abuse was alleged to have happened, with three quarters before 1990.
The additional information published yesterday expands on the February material and looks at reports of abuse about members of specific dioceses and congregations. It shows that the five Catholic entities with the highest totals were the St John of God Brothers (269 complaints), Marist Brothers (157), Sisters of Nazareth (155), Archdiocese of Wellington (145), and Diocese of Auckland (124).
It also shows that the five Catholic entities with the highest proportion of members named in allegations were the St John of God Brothers (reports made against 22 brothers, or 52 per cent of the 42 who served in NZ from 1950 to date); Sisters of Nazareth (29 sisters, or 34 per cent of the 86 who served); Christchurch Diocese (34 priests or 19 per cent of the 179 who served); Dunedin Diocese (26 priests, or 18 per cent of the 131 who served); and Good Shepherd Sisters (20 sisters, or 18 per cent of the 114 who served).
Te Rōpū Tautoko chairperson Catherine Fyfe said "By publishing this information now, the hope is we can all look behind the statistics and ask how the abuse occurred and why it occurred.”