Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Austrian church abuse hot lines log 566 reports

Austria’s Catholic Church says its abuse hot lines have received 566 calls or e-mails this year.

The head of the abuse reporting center linked to the Vienna archdiocese says most of the complaints — 174 in total — were logged by his center.

The statistics carried by the Kathpress Catholic news agency also show that 115 were received by the Innsbruck diocese, 78 were logged in Linz and 63 in Graz-Seckau.

Johannes Wancata said Tuesday it was unclear how many of the reports would turn out to be concrete abuse claims, but that all would be followed up diligently.

Austria is among several European countries hit by an ongoing wave of church abuse claims in recent weeks.

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