Canadian bishops' official questions poll on pope, church teaching
A Canadian bishops' conference official questioned the results of a survey that said the pope should retire and that the church was out of touch with society.
Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, general secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the results show that the "church has to do a better job in properly explaining its doctrines."
A recent poll of more than 1500 adult Canadians showed that 60% of Catholics believed that the pope is "too old and should retire," while 55% of all Canadians said the pope should step down.
The answers were not surprising, Msgr. Schonenbach said, "because people look at him and say the poor man should retire."
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
7 Jun 2002