The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which gathered the data, found "the fewest allegations and victims reported since the data collection for the annual reports began in 2004."
Msgr. Edward Arsenault, president and CEO of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, has resigned in the wake of an investigation into an alleged inappropriate adult relationship and the uncovering of possible illegal financial dealings in the diocese of Manchester, N.H.
The resignation of Arsenault, a priest of the Manchester diocese, was effective May 3. It was announced in statements issued by the institute and the diocese.
The investigation does not involve St. Luke Institute, a treatment facility for Catholic clergy and religious, the institute said in its statement.
The pastor and youth ministers worked with Fr. Michael Fugee, who was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault in 2003.
Recent reports had Fr. Michael Fugee attending youth retreats and trips, seemingly violations to a court agreement barring him from contact with children.
Calls have come for the resignation of Newark, N.J., Archbishop John J. Myers after a late-April investigative story revealed an archdiocesan priest had violated the terms of a court-ordered agreement to stay away from children.
Advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse said "there has to be justice" when it comes to dealing with priests convicted of sex abuse.
We say: Years of elaborate deceptions by Catholic leaders are hardly avenged if the response is more cunning deception by civil society.
Analysis: One man's word put four men in prison. But stories conflict, and there's no real evidence to support his claims.
We say: Pope Francis must hold bishops liable for their actions (and inactions) when it comes to the child sex abuse scandal.
The head of the Catholic church's child safeguarding watchdog said he is encouraged by the latest audits of the handling of abuse allegations by dioceses and a religious congregation.
Ian Elliott, head of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, said the seven audits, published Wednesday, show "clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures" in the church.