By the Church's law if the "bishop has the obligation to investigate both the soundness and the subject of the accusation. If the outcome of this initial investigation is consistent, he no longer has any power to act in the matter and must refer the case to our Congregation where it is dealt with by the disciplinary office."
A few days ago I was asking for statistics of priest abuse minors, some of you supplied interesting information in the comments. Mgr Scicluna presents these statistics in the interview:
Overall in the last nine years (2001-2010) we have considered accusations concerning around three thousand cases of diocesan and religious priests, which refer to crimes committed over the last fifty years.But of course read the original text!!!
60% of the cases chiefly involved sexual attraction towards adolescents of the same sex,
30% involved heterosexual relations
the remaining 10% cases of paedophilia in the true sense of the term; that is, based on sexual attraction towards prepubescent children.
The cases of priests accused of paedophilia in the true sense have been about three hundred in nine years.
In 2003-2004, the US represented around 80% of total cases.
In 2009 the US "share" had dropped to around 25% of the 223 cases reported from all over the world. 2007-2009 the annual average of cases reported to the Congregation from around the world has been two hundred and fifty.
Many countries report only one or two cases.
It must, in fact, be borne in mind that the overall number of diocesan and religious priests in the world is 400,000.