Poll: US Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey by the Pew Research center says Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the sex abuse scandal crisis.

The survey released Tuesday found that 31 percent of U.S. Catholics felt the pope was doing an excellent or good job in addressing the issue, down from 45 percent in January and 55 percent in 2015.

Sex-abuse scandals have plagued the Catholic church worldwide for decades, but events this year have elevated the issue to crisis-level at the Vatican and sown discord among church leaders in the U.S.

In August, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailed decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses, alleging that more than 1,000 children had been abused over the years by about 300 priests.

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