The Catholic Church has been rocked by a spate of scandals, including allegations of child abuse and the sex abuse of minors by priests and nuns.
Now, a new poll finds that some of the church’s top officials and priests are far more likely to be Catholic than previously believed.
Here’s what you need to know about the new poll.
Why did people think the pope was Catholic?
A Pew Research Center survey conducted last month found that just over half of Americans said the Catholic Church is “the true church of Christ,” while 39% said it is “not the true church.”
In a series of recent polls, Gallup has shown that Catholics are the most likely to believe in God, according to the survey.
But there’s been a notable shift since the Pew survey, which was conducted in April 2016.
Since that survey, however, the church has undergone a series or scandals involving its leaders and priests.
A new poll from the Pew Research Group finds that more than half of Catholics believe the Catholic church is the true religion.
The church has been in the news recently for its handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests and for the sex crimes of several priests and teachers who were either fired or put on leave.
In August, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a report alleging that the Vatican paid out millions of dollars in benefits to clergy, including millions to the Rev. Peter Lombardi, who was accused of molesting a boy when he was in the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
The Vatican has denied the allegations.
A recent survey of more than 4,000 U.K. Catholics found that a majority of respondents said the church is “good” or “very good.”
But that same poll also found that about 60% of respondents believe the church needs to do more to protect children from sexual abuse and abuse of children.
Why are the priests so likely to say the church isn’t true?
In the new Pew survey of 1,200 U.T. students, 61% of students said the pope’s religion is “false.”
A majority of Catholics, 58%, also said the religious leader’s religious teachings were “false” or that “he or she doesn’t believe in the church.”
That’s not the only thing the poll found in the context of Catholic Church scandals.
More than half, 53%, said that priests who abuse children are “a real problem” in the Catholic world.
A full third of the respondents said they believe that a Catholic priest who sexually abused children is “more likely to commit another offense.”
In addition, half of those who answered the question that asked whether they would “always pray for victims of child sexual abuse,” or whether “they should always pray for the victims of sexual assault,” said that they “always” pray for children who have been sexually abused.
The survey found that in 2017, a third of U.M. students reported being sexually abused by a priest, up from 20% in 2016.
What are the top four religions?
The survey also asked students how likely they were to believe the following religions.
The top four religious groups, according the Pew poll, are Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Mormons.
According to the Pew research, Muslims, the world’s second-largest religion, are the least likely to profess faith.
They’re also more likely than Hindus and Buddhists to say that they have faith.
The largest religious group, Christians, are more likely and most likely than Buddhists and Hindus to say they have no religion.
How do people view the Catholic hierarchy?
The Pew Research poll found that people in general are more positive about the Catholic religious hierarchy than the general population.
Among those who say they are Catholics, 46% say they believe the hierarchy is “excellent.”
Just 26% say the Catholic leaders are “exceptionally good.”
A total of 49% of Catholics say they trust the pope, the most trust he has ever received.
Another 30% say that the pope “does not have the moral authority to be a Catholic.”
That means that 54% of Americans think the Pope has “moral authority” to be pope.
What about Pope Francis?
Catholics are more supportive of the pope than other Americans, but not nearly as much as the general public.
In 2017, 53% of U,T.
Students said they approved of Pope Francis’ handling of the Vatican scandal, compared with 33% who disapproved.
By contrast, just 11% of people in the general U. S. population approved of the handling of this scandal.
Pew’s survey also found an even larger gap between Catholics and the general populace: Catholics who are college graduates, just 28% approve of the Pope’s handling of Vatican scandal.
Catholics under age 65 are less supportive of Francis.
Just 19% of those under age 30 approve of his handling of scandal, while 32% disapprove.
What do Americans think about the pope?
Pew found that Americans