Pope Hasn't Done Enough To Stop Abuse, British Say

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Pope Benedict XVI has not done enough to punish priests who abuse children, and the Catholic Church has not shown enough remorse for the crimes, British people said overwhelmingly in a poll released as the pope arrived in the United Kingdom Thursday. And British Catholics are nearly as critical of the pope and the church as the population as a whole, the ComRes poll for CNN found. Three out of four British adults say the pope hasn't done enough to punish the guilty. Among British Catholics, two out of three agree. Fewer than one in 20 British people say he has done enough. But only one in four think Benedict should resign over the child-abuse allegations sweeping across the Catholic Church in Europe and North America. Half said he should not, and the other quarter did not know.Catholics were more supportive of the pope than the population as a whole, with three out of four saying he should not resign. But 14 percent of British Catholics said he should quit, and 12 percent were not sure. Benedict spoke about the scandal while he flew to Scotland Thursday, accepting more blame on behalf of the Catholic Church than he usually does. "The authority of the church was not vigilant enough, was not sufficiently fast and decisive in taking the necessary measures," he said in an interview while he flew to Scotland. Questions for the pope during his foreign flights have to be submitted in advance and he chooses which ones he will answer.