New study of priests shows a distrust of bishops, fears of false sex abuse allegations and widespread burnout

October 24, 2022 | America

By Michael J. O’Loughlin | America
Photo: Priests are seen during a special Mass for vocations at Cure of Ars Church in Merrick, N.Y., Aug. 4, 2022, the feast of St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Catholic priests in the United States say that while they support the goals of the zero-tolerance policy against child sex abuse known as the Dallas Charter, they worry about being falsely accused and do not trust that their bishop would support them in the face of a false allegation.

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