Archive for March 6th, 2013

New York Times/CBS Poll Finds the Church Is Out of Touch with Catholics

Catholics’ Views on Pope Benedict XVI and the Church

As the cardinals gathering in Rome for the election of a new pope, The New York Times and CBS News conducted a poll of Roman Catholics in the United States. Also, a related story.

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Pew Research Study Says 34% of U.S. Catholics Say Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal Is the Church’s Biggest Problem

U.S. Catholics See Sex Abuse as the Church’s Most Important Problem, Charity as Its Most Important Contribution

As the Roman Catholic Church prepares for a conclave to elect a new pope, Catholics in the United States tend to view the scandal over sex abuse by clergy as the most important problem facing their church today. Asked to say in their own words what they think is the Catholic Church’s most important problem, 34% of U.S. Catholics mention sex abuse, pedophilia or some other reference to the scandal. No other problem garners more than 10% of responses. When asked about the main way the church helps society today, U.S. Catholics most commonly refer to charitable efforts to aid the poor, feed the hungry and heal the sick.” By The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

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Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley Calls for Disciplining Bishops Who Coverup Clergy Sexual Abuse

Strong Policies on Abusive Priests Vital, O’Malley Says

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Tuesday that the next pope must make sure the Roman Catholic Church adopts measures to deal with bishops whose “malfeasance” allowed abusive priests to remain in ministry. O’Malley said in an interview that the successor to Pope Benedict XVI will need to continue Benedict’s campaign to get bishops across the world to adopt policies for dealing with accused abusers. That should include procedures for disciplining bishops who protect abusive priests, said O’Malley.” By Lisa Wangsness, The Boston Globe

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