Polish Catholic Church say clergy have sexually abused up to 382 children

Evarado Alatorre
Марта 15, 2019

Almost one in four US Catholics, 37 per cent, say that the crisis has made them question whether they will remain members of the Catholic Church, up by more than a fifth from 2002. This time, the number of Catholics questioning their commitment to the Church following the revelations rose 15 points to 37 percent.

By comparison, 37 percent of those who attend almost weekly or monthly, and 46 percent of those who seldom go to church said they are questioning their commitment to staying in the church (up from 24 percent and 29 percent, respectively, in 2002).

Up to 382 children have been sexually abused by clergy in Poland since 1990, the Polish Catholic Church has revealed. One in eight have little or no confidence in Pope Francis or their own priests, the poll found.

"Many Catholics may consider leaving the church but ultimately decide not to do so, or they may have no intention of leaving but simply be responding to this question as a way to express their frustration with the way the church has handled the problem".

'We are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth, ' Francis said in a speech last month at the Vatican.

This graph illustrates Catholics' confidence in different church leaders.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops did not immediately respond to a DailyMail.com's request for comment.

Trust in the church is somewhat greater, Gallup found, among Catholics who attend Mass weekly or monthly.

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More Americans have left Catholicism behind than any other religion in the USA, according to a 2018 survey by Pew Research Center.

Gallup suggested that the current sex abuse crisis could have a lasting effect on the U.S. Catholic Church.

The Gallup poll also asked Catholics to rate how confident they were in church leaders. Pew claimed that no other major American religious denomination has experienced this high ratio of losses to gains through religious switching.

The poll also found that a majority of Catholics say they have either a great deal (40 percent) or quite a lot of confidence (18 percent) in Pope Francis. Just 30% of American Catholics said they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the bishops.

The numbers deteriorate slightly more when Catholics were asked about USA bishops and other leaders in the faith: Just 30 percent had a lot or a great deal of confidence, while 26 percent have very little or no confidence.

While 86 percent of weekly churchgoers said they were confident in the priests at their local church, only 48 percent said expressed confidence in Catholic priests more generally and 49 percent said the same about American bishops.

Catholics are spread across the country, with 27 percent living in the South, 26 percent in the Northeast, 26 percent in the West and 21 percent in the Midwest, according to Pew Research Center.

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