How psychiatrists and psychiatric institutions become accomplices to abuse, especially by priests.


The Catholic Church has been hurt badly by the bungling of psychiatric advisors. It has been estimated that the scandal’s total price tag for settlements to abused minors has risen to more than $2.7 billion in the U.S. alone. According to the Associated Press, settlements in 2009 totaled $55 million. Other 2009 abuse-related costs included attorneys’ fees (about $29 million); support for clergy offenders, including therapy, living, and legal expenses (nearly $11 million); and psychiatric therapy for victims not covered by settlements (around $6.5 million). In a word, the mental-health and legal industries reaped a bonanza of profits before and after the scandal was uncovered, coming and going.

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