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Some Catholics questioning their faith as more abuse comes to light: poll

March 13, 2019 - 1:40 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It seems there's some doubt among the faithful.

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A new Gallup Poll says 37 percent of American Catholics question their membership in the church in light of the latest priest sex abuse scandal.

That's 15 points higher than the last major scandal in 2002, following the abuse uncovered by the Boston Globe.

Trust in the church appears to be greater among Catholics who attend mass weekly or monthly. The poll found less than one in four of those Catholics have considered leaving the church.

The current scandal has claimed the names of a number of cardinals -- men who advise the pope and eventually elect his successor.

In the U.S. ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was defrocked after an internal investigation found that he had molested children and adult men. Some of the abuse allegedly occurred during confession. He is the first church official to be defrocked over the scandal. Boston Archbishop Bernard Law resigned in 2002, after it was revealed he had hid abuse involving dozens of priests.

In recent months, church officials in the United States have released the names of hundreds of clergy accused of sex abuse, including many in New York and New Jersey.

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