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Monday, 12th April 2010

Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict's Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal

Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict's Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal
Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

Amid new revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI's job ratings for handling the scandal have plummeted. Only about one-in-ten (12%) say the pope has done an excellent (3%) or good job (9%) in addressing the sex abuse scandal; 71% say he has done a poor (44%) or only fair (27%) job.

The pope's ratings for addressing the continuing scandal have declined sharply since April 2008, shortly after his visit to the United States. At that time, 39% said he had done an excellent or good job in dealing with the abuse scandal, while 48% said he had done only a fair or poor job.


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