15 Church Scandals That Shocked the World

There was an uptick of church scandals in the 20th and 21st centuries as Catholic priests, nuns, and other religious leaders were accused and charged of the abuse of children and adults. The majority of abuse occurred with children between 11 and 14 years old. The coverage of the Catholic church abuse scandal – an investigation into which showed the abuse was systemic and pervasive – started in the 80’s when the first accusations came to light. Many of the victims who came forward said the abuse happened over a period of decades. But it’s not just the Catholic church that experienced major upheavals, evangelicals in America have also been embroiled in church scandals.

Here are the 15 most shocking church scandals that have challenged the faith of many: