Swindling, embezzlement, child molesting, robbery, frequenting of prostitutes, adultery, rape, death plots, and are some of the list of hypocritical and criminal behaviours of which clergymen have been found guilty. In the USA in 1993 numerous accusations of past sexual abuse by Catholic priests provoked persecutions, civil suits and out of court settlements. The church was forced to re-examine its past responses to such charges. These have frequently been characterized by an impulse to cover-up the matter by simply reassigning delinquent priests. A bureaucratic propensity to protect the institution, coupled with a poor understanding of sexual psychopathology, had led church officials to put institutional reputation over regard for victims. France's Roman Catholic Church has been accused of fully supporting the Nazi government of Vichy France.
In 1998 a vicar in the UK was convicted of defrauding parishioners by overcharging for weddings, baptisms and funerals over a period of 10 years.