"One did hear things, even then, about Catholic priests"

 Over the last two decades the Catholic Church has been subject to a number of allegations concerning the safety of children within its care. In many different countries around the world priests have been found guilty of hundreds of cases of child abuse, and the Church stands accused of failing to prevent these crimes and, more importantly, covering them up when they were discovered, even to the extent of relocating guilty priests to places where they were then left free to continue abusing children.

For a detailed list of cases from around the world, see the BBC News page on the scandal.