November 16, 2005

Poll finds doubts on abuse response

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia still has a way to go to restore public confidence in its handling of clergy sex abuse, a new Temple University/Inquirer poll has found.

A majority of adults polled said they believe archdiocesan leaders continue to put the church's reputation ahead of protecting children.

While many of those interviewed said the archdiocese has improved its handling of clergy sex abuse in recent years, 43 percent of Catholics - and 63 percent of non-Catholics - polled said they felt archdiocesan officials are first concerned with the church's reputation when confronted with abuse allegations.

The poll indicated that a significant number of non-Catholics continue to have doubts about Catholic priests and prelates.

Posted by kshaw at November 16, 2005 07:34 AM