Pope Benedict’s favorable rating has dropped sharply in the United States over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases in Europe, a poll suggested.

The pope’s favorable rating dropped from 63 percent in a Gallup poll taken two years ago to 40 percent in a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The pontiff’s rating deteriorated about equally among Roman Catholics and non-Roman Catholics interviewed for the poll, Gallup said.

Pope Benedict XVI’s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, also saw his U.S. favorable ratings drop in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse allegations.

But Pope John Paul’s favorable rating never dropped below 63 percent and improved to a favorable rating of 78 percent before his death in April 2005, Gallup said.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,033 U.S. adults conducted March 26-28, 2010. The poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Gallup also reported that attendance at Catholic services has also experienced a precipitious decline. 75% of the Catholics in America attended Mass at least once a week in 1960. Fifty years later that number has fallen to 40%.

To compensate for the decline, many parishes are now offering “quickie Masses” which only last for 15 minutes.

These Masses, which represent the Roman Catholic adaptation of the McDonald’s syndrome, became popular in Ireland and have taken root in parishes throughout the US.

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  1. Therese says:

    How do we fight the filth in Islam when we have some on our side letting down the team. The worst thing about Islam is their treatment of people in their care namely women and children. Own up you good old Christian boys or carry the consequences. You have been disgusting the world for years.

  2. Stephen KingsDale says:

    The Whore (and her daughters, churches birth with the umbelical cord of the trinity doctrine as the catholic church says) will be soon found as in Hosea chapter one, Lo-ruhamah. , and the pope, Lo-ammi (for you are not my people, and I will not be your God).

    Come out of Her : Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
    Come out of the Whore System… The Whore (catholism, and her daughters)… those whom believe in their main doctrines (the devil has perverted most, One God (trinity), true baptism (according to scripture), not the way of the whore and her daughters, in the Name of Jeshua/Jesus, not Father, Son, Holy Spirit (those are titles). Separate from the man made religeons and know you are in the Kingdom of God (not man) (Dan. 2:44-45).
    These are some things, there are more. This is why the church really does not want you to read the Word and pray earnestly for God’s will to be done (completing His Word/desire in our lives and even more importantly in the world to bring His Word to pass as He has seen the beginning from the end). The church wants lazy church-goers, tithe payers, not soldiers for the Cross warning of the Apostate church and her daughters.
    God’s people are warned to separate. Come out of her. Serve Him according to the Word, and Word alone.


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