Margaret Leland Smith, data analyst for the study, was asked ... about the criticism that the study relied on data self-reported by the same bishops who, in many cases, were being investigated.
She responded that the researchers were not engaged in “a prosecutorial process. It was not an audit process in that way.
“... one can make an inference that there may have been other allegations that the dioceses did not submit because they did not find them substantiated.”... She joked, “I’m going to get in trouble for that.”..., “It seems such a logical inference given the recent events, I can’t not say it.”
(...in Philadelphia, at least two dozen priests should have been considered credibly accused but had not been reported.)