Abuse issue has turned people off Church

Forty per cent of people say the latest revelations about clerical cover-ups of child abuse has turned them off the Catholic Church.

This is according to the results of the latest irishhealth.com readers poll in which over 400 people voted.

There has been intense public debate on the fall-out clerical cover-ups of child abuse in recent weeks, with the Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, now at the centre of the controversy. Support groups of abuse sufferers have said the Pope's apology over clerical abuse did not go far enough.

We asked out registered readers how they thought the Catholic Church had dealt with the issue of sexual abuse.

Nine per cent said they thought it dealt with the issue as best it could while only one per cent said "very well, overall."

However, 50% said the church had dealt with the issue very badly and 40% went further and said the whole scandal had turned them off the Catholic Church.

View the poll results, comments and the results of previous polls here


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