Pope hasn't done enough to stop abuse, British say
September 16th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Pope hasn't done enough to stop abuse, British say

Pope Benedict XVI has not done enough to punish priests who abuse children, and the Catholic Church has not shown enough remorse for the crimes, British people said overwhelmingly in a poll released as the pope arrived in the United Kingdom Thursday.

And British Catholics are nearly as critical of the pope and the church as the population as a whole, the ComRes poll for CNN found.

Three out of four British adults say the pope hasn't done enough to punish the guilty. Among British Catholics, two out of three agree.

Fewer than one in 20 British people say he has done enough.

But only one in four think Benedict should resign over the child-abuse allegations sweeping across the Catholic Church in Europe and North America. Half said he should not, and the other quarter did not know.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse • United Kingdom

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Spencer J. and Pamela T. Atkinson, PFTLD

    There is Evil in all Religions – 9-20-2010
    I remember Pope Benedict XVI stated that, "Islam was an evil religion and Mohammed was an evil man". The acts of terrorism, especially the destruction of the World Trade Center, which were done in the name of Allah gave many people reason to side with the Pope, however, this is not true of all Muslims. I'm sure when some Muslims view the Pope's Catholic Churches and their pedophilia scandals, along with various, misguided Christian cults, and the Yugoslavian Serbs; they see Christianity as an evil religion. Some Christians see Judaism as being responsible for Jesus' crucifixion and their rejection of Jesus' divinity as evil. The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth due to its being an evil country. Enough is enough; it is safe to say that all religions have a degree of evil and their leaders should admit it, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Atheism, etc. The evil's greatest weapon is to make one believe it doesn't exist. The evil is due to confusion created by misguided traditions and corrupt interpretations of the various religions and holy books. Because of the corrupt interpretations, we cannot depend on any holy book to be the total word of God. Therefore, if unproven interpretations of beliefs are the problem, then the only solution is proof. I have proof, and like all proofs it needs no interpretation; proof that I lived 2000 years ago and was called Jesus of Nazareth – the Christ. Through God's will, my soul is back in the flesh and the proof, formulated by God, is upon my flesh. My proof stands ready to be challenged, so why not challenge it. The world cannot afford to be proof phobic when God gives the gift of proof.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  2. Mark from Middle River

    Sigh .... sounds like more of some of my African American friends and relatives who want every white person to admit to the crimes and injustices that some whites did in history and currently ....

    .... Or folks sound like Bin Laden who want all Americans to pay for what they feel are crimes upon Islam.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  3. Iqbal khan

    Want to learn more about islam

    September 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  4. Reality

    Not for moderation but for reiteration for those eyes that have not seen:

    B16 like many of us suffers from the Three B Syndrome i.e. he was Bred, Born and Brainwashed in his religion. For this reason, he is unable to think past the shackles put upon him by the likes of Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

    The wishful thinking done by these five scribes approximately 2000 years ago continued the embellishment and fiction tradition of the Jewish scribes. The locals paid for a good story of myth and imminent second coming. There was no money in the truth but now we know the truth and it boils down to two simple statements, Do No Harm and Love Thy Neighbor as yourself.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  5. Keith

    Atheist of the world UNITE, after all the Koran insanity this just proves what a farce all religion is.
    Yes it is a business and should be regelated and TAXED like any other business.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  6. Kate

    Razinger hasn't done anything to curb pedophile priests, but he sure as hell did a bang up job while he was head of the Doctrine of The Faith (the Inquisition) when he ratified the 1960's era rules that called for excommunication of anyone who dared to speak to the cops about molestation and gave all those Church heirarchs carte blanche to conceal these heinous crimes being perpetrated.

    He has no moral or ethical right to do anything except order all parishes and diocese to immediately and unrestrictedly release the files on every pedophile priest to the authorities.

    Just sayin'

    September 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • McCluck

      Just agreein'

      September 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  7. Judie

    The Pope is lying if he says he doesn't understand why there is clerical abuse. The whole church is lying. I'm a victim of clerical abuse. I've done some research. It goes back centuries. Read about Henry II and Thomas Becket (the real story–not the story published by the Church). The Church won't turn these criminals over to civil court because it's a clerical matter. If you are a victim of clerical abuse, speak out.

    September 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  8. Ykcyc

    People expect the church to come clean and tell the truth? If they did, people would see it for wht it is, a business and no one in their right mind would ever believe these people again. Kind of similar to politicians – if you do the right thing, it is a political suicide.

    September 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
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