It also streamlined the processes for removing pedophile priests.

Although nationwide inquiries have been conducted only in the United States and Ireland, as well as an Australian inquiry into institutional responses, cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors have been reported and prosecuted in New Zealand, Canada and other countries.

In 1994, allegations of sexual abuse of 47 young seminarians surfaced in Argentina.

Traditionally, the Roman Catholic Church has held tight control over many aspects of church life around the globe, including "the words used in prayer", but it left sex abuse cases to be handled locally.

In July 2010, the Vatican doubled the length of time after the 18th birthday of the victim in which clergymen can be tried in a church court.

Of the Catholic sexual abuse cases in Latin America, the most widely known is the sexual scandal of Father Marcial Maciel, the leader of the Legion of Christ, a Roman Catholic congregation made up of priests and seminarians studying for the priesthood.

This may be due in part to the more hierarchical structure of the Church in Third World countries, the "psychological health" of clergy in those regions, and because Third World media, legal systems and public culture are not as apt to thoroughly discuss sexual abuse.

The abused include boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14.

The accusations began to receive isolated, sporadic publicity in the late 1980s.

“Every player that has spent more than two seasons here has won a National Championship.

And UNC has become an excellent feeder system for the U. Women’s National Team and the Olympic Team,” said head coach for the women’s team, Anson Dorrance. track and field team’s training for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta; and Carolina has steadily ranked top five for best home game attendance.

By the 1990s, the cases began to receive significant media and public attention in some countries, especially in Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United States and were widespread by the 2000s.