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Survey: More than a third of US Catholics question loyalty in wake of scandals

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Mar 13, 2019 10:33 AM 1+ week ago

Survey: More than a third of US Catholics question loyalty in wake of scandals

A new survey reveals that more U.S. Catholics are questioning whether they should remain in the church today than when news of the "Spotlight" child sex abuse scandal broke in the Boston Archdiocese in 2002.

According to a poll released Wednesday (March 13) by Gallup, more than a third of U.S. Catholics -- 37 percent -- surveyed in January and February said they have questioned whether they should remain in the church. That's up from 22 percent in 2002, when The Boston Globe published its report detailing widespread child sex abuse by priests in the city.

Frequent churchgoers were less likely than other Catholics to say they are rethinking their affiliation with the faith this year. Only 22 percent of Catholics who attend church weekly today said they have considered leaving the faith, compared with 37 percent of those who attend nearly weekly or monthly and 46 percent of those who seldom ...

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