Gallup: U.S. Catholics’ Faith in Clergy Is Shaken

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  • 31% of Catholics rate the clergy’s honesty highly, down from 49% in 2017
  • 44% of Catholics confident in organized religion; an 8-point drop
  • 52% of Catholics say religion is a “very important” part of their lives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid turmoil in the Roman Catholic Church in the ongoing fallout from priest sex abuse scandals, a record-low 31% of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of the clergy as “very high” or “high.” This marks an 18-percentage-point drop between 2017 and 2018, when more sexual abuse allegations against priests surfaced and questions arose about the Vatican’s response.