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A Catholic priest who sexually abused someone once in the past, but has since led an exemplary life, should:

Go to jail.
Be defrocked.
Be confined to a monastery.
Be allowed to continue in his work.
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Should the U.S. Catholic bishops adopt a zero-tolerance policy for sexually abusive priests?
Yes--it's the only way to purge the Church of offenders.

No, they should evaluate offenses on a case-by-case basis.

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Has clergy sexual abuse happened in your faith group?
Yes, to someone I know.

Yes, to someone I've heard of.

Not in my local area, but I've heard of problems elsewhere.

Not that I know of.
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Questions about abuse in your religion:
Should Catholic church leaders who failed to handle sexual abuse effectively in the past resign?
Yes

No.

Only if they intentionally covered up the problem.

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Do you trust your own local clergyperson (of whatever faith) to behave appropriately with children?
Yes, completely.

Yes, basically--though supervision is always a good idea.

I used to, but now I'm not sure.

I have always had doubts.

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