Americans’ views of the “honesty and ethics” of clergy have hit a 32-year low, with just half rating their moral caliber as high or very high, according to Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions survey.
Wait, that’s a good thing, right? Half the people don’t think Catholic Church clergy are honest or ethical — what’s wrong with that?
Only that half the people do see them as honest and ethical.
Let’s put this in contest:
Some priests raped children. Many churches covered it up for decades. And yet, more people see priests as ethical and moral… than would vote for an atheist in a presidential election.
Or maybe there’s something wrong with us. This finding from the survey is almost as disturbing as the previous one:
Ratings [for priests] dropped year-over-year among Catholics and Protestants, as well as among regular and occasional churchgoers. However, they rose in one category: among those professing “no religion.” Last year, 31% rated clergy honesty high or very high; in 2009, that figure inched up to 34%.
Among the nones, the honesty ratings for clergy rose?!
What. The. Hell.
Would anyone like to offer explanations for this?
(Thanks to Brian for the link)