Pope popular in US but scandals cast shadow

2014-03-06 12:00
Pope Francis carries a statue of baby Jesus at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)

Pope Francis carries a statue of baby Jesus at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Pope Francis
    Read up on Pope Francis in the biography that paints a peceptive portrait of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Now R227.00
    buy now
Washington - A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the paedophile priests' scandal left many underwhelmed, a new study found.

More than eight in 10 surveyed in the Pew Research Centre study of 1 821 adults 18 or older - fully 85% - had a favourable opinion of the pope a year after his elevation, it found.

Francis, born in Argentina, is the first pope born in the Americas, and the first from Latin America.

While a strong majority approves of Francis' work on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, the new pope earned lower marks for his handling of the sex abuse crisis, the study found.

"Fifty-four percent of Catholics giving him an excellent or good rating for his handling of the issue. One year ago, 70% of US Catholics said that addressing the sex abuse scandal should be 'a top priority' for the new pope, far more than said the same about standing up for traditional moral values, spreading the Catholic faith or other issues," the study stressed.

Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.

More progressive

The comments, in an interview published on Wednesday, were the pope's first response to a scathing UN report that denounced the Vatican for failing to stamp out child abuse and allowing systematic cover-ups.

"The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked," he said in an interview with Il Corriere della Sera daily.

Last month's hard-hitting UN report called on the Church to remove clergy suspected of raping or molesting children.

It accused the Vatican of systematically placing the "preservation of the reputation of the Church and the alleged offender over the protection of child victims".

On issues involving church traditions and social change, US Catholics, a minority in a sea of Protestants, are more progressive as a whole on issues of social change than their counterparts in most majority Catholic countries.

The United States is mostly Christian and Catholics are the largest single Christian group. But US Protestant Christian denominations together outnumber Catholics, and many sociologists believe they heavily influence what US Catholics see as normal.

Unlike in many majority Catholic cultures, US Catholics believe overwhelmingly that their church should not oppose birth control (77%); should and will allow priests to marry (72%); and should and will allow women to become priests (68%), the survey found.

Half of American Catholics said their church should recognise marriages of gays and lesbians, it found.

Read more on:    pope francis  |  us  |  religion

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
-7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Langa - 07:23 AM
    Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Northbound
    DELAYS between Klipfontein Road and the Jakkalsvlei Avenue exit
  • Thursday Goodwood - 07:22 AM
    Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Both Ways
    DELAYS approaching Voortrekker Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Bold Design The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry...

From R2979.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.