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Saturday
Mar092013

Survey Finds Sex Abuse Is Catholic Church’s Biggest Problem

George Doyle/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As the cardinal electors contemplate the merits of their peer group, from which one will likely be named pope, U.S. Catholics said sex abuse is the biggest problem facing the church, according to a new survey.

The survey, from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that 34 percent of U.S. Catholics believe sexual abuse is the most pressing problem. However 17 percent of those surveyed said they didn’t know the most important problem or they declined to offer an opinion.

No other answers elicited more than 10 percent of a response.

Credibility was named as the biggest problem by 9 percent of respondents, while an outdated church and a loss of followers garnered 7 percent each.

Social issues, such as homosexuality and abortion, each got 2 percent of the vote.

The survey also found that 27 percent of U.S. Catholics believe the church helps society most through charity, while 11 percent said it provides a moral compass.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Bishop Strips Arizona Hospital of Catholic Status After Abortion

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- An Arizona hospital's decision to terminate a pregnancy in order to save a woman's life has resulted in the loss of its Catholic affiliation.

The fallout comes after a nun at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix allowed an abortion to take place to save the mother's life.

Last fall, a 27-year-old mother of four entered the hospital 11 weeks pregnant and was suffering from pulmonary hypertension.  Doctors said if her pregnancy wasn't terminated, she would likely die of heart failure, taking her unborn child with her.

The decision to terminate was approved by Sister Margaret McBride, a longtime senior administrator at the hospital.  But when Bishop Thomas Olmstead of the Diocese of Phoenix heard about the abortion, he excommunicated McBride.  Having an abortion is against Catholic teachings.

Although the move caused an uproar, with some critics pointing out that even pedophile priests weren't excommunicated, Bishop Olmstead went a step further on Tuesday.  He stripped St. Joseph's Hospital of its affiliation with the Catholic Church.

He argued hospital officials did not try to save both the mother and child.

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