Majority of public think Pope did not do enough during visit to address clerical abuse

Majority of public think Pope did not do enough during visit to address clerical abuse

A majority of Irish people say that the Pope did not go far enough when he addressed clerical abuse during his Irish visit.

In private he told survivors that those responsible were filth, but many victims groups were disappointed he did not acknowledge their calls for mandatory abuse reporting.

An Ipsos MRBI Poll carried out yesterday for the Irish Times suggests that around 400,000 people saw the Pontiff at the various public events over the weekend.

But four out of five say the visit has not changed their view of the church.

Researchers spoke to 750 adults over the phone about the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

Meanwhile, the Pope has refused to comment on claims that he was told about a cover-up of abuse in the US and failed to act.

Peter Isely from the campaign 'Ending Clergy Abuse' says victims refuse to be pawns in a power struggle in the Catholic hierarchy.

"Any of these factions that are attempting to use the clergy abuse issue or survivors or clergy abuse to promote their own position, it's simply unacceptable," he said.

What we care about, the only thing we care about is criminal behaviour and the investigation and prosecution of that criminal behaviour.

Digital Desk

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