Well, now Germany's uncovering some of its own, and the statistics are pretty horrifying to date.
The lawyer heading up the investigation, Marion Westpfahl, said at a press conference on Friday that the available records pointed to huge gaps in the documentation between 1945 and 2009. She added this hinted strongly at a "systematic system of cover-up," in which few abuse cases were criminally prosecuted.
"Only 26 priests were convicted for sexual offences," Westpfahl explained to reporters, saying she found 365 files containing evidence that "acts of abuse had taken place in an almost commonplace manner."
"We have to assume that there is a large unknown number [of abuse cases]," she said. "We are dealing with the extensive destruction of files."
The incriminating evidence Westpfahl found among 13,200 available files implicated 159 priests, 15 deacons, 96 religion teachers and six pastoral employees, with rural areas particularly affected.
The victims' suffering often remained a mystery, she said, as the reports usually discussed abuse in coy euphemisms.
FUCK. Again. And the sickest bit?
"For me, these were surely the worst months of my life," Marx told reporters on Friday. "I felt shame, grief and dismay. As a church, we ask forgiveness for those things done by our church employees."
'Cause it's all about how members of the clergy are suffering, after all. Filth.