Polling disaffection

More than a third of U.S. Catholics say the sexual abuse crisis rocking the Catholic Church has made them consider leaving the church …

Catholics who seldom or never attend church were most likely to question whether they should leave entirely …

Many Catholics said they had previously believed the church had put the problem of sexual abuse by priests behind it. But a series of scandals—including a Pennsylvania grand-jury report that detailed more than half a century of abuse by priests in that state—rekindled anger about the church’s failure to protect children from abusive clergymen …

It’s understandable that for people whose faith is weak, this is just enough to push them out,” [C.C.] Pecknold said.

More Catholics Considering Abandoning the Church

An observation and an educated speculation:

March 13, 2019

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