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Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin holds a copy of the report on the Dublin Archdiocese's mishandling of abuse complaints against its parish priests from 1975 to 2004 as he arrives for a press conference in Dublin, Ireland, (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Photo by: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Archbishop of Dublin shocked at survey into public reaction to clerical sex abuse

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Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin holds a copy of the report on the Dublin Archdiocese's mishandling of abuse complaints against its parish priests from 1975 to 2004 as he arrives for a press conference in Dublin, Ireland, (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Photo by: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Archbishop of Dublin has expressed his dismay at the findings of a recent survey which claimed that most Irish people believe one in every five priests is guilty of child sex abuse.

The report, reported by Irish Central, claimed that almost half of those surveyed believe child abuse is rife within the clergy.

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Reacting to the poll, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “I am saddened and horrified to see the results of a recent survey which showed how misled people have been about the extent of abuse by priests.

“Some of those questioned for the survey imagined that over 20 percent of priests had abused.

“The horror we all experience at the dreadful reality of abuse in no way justifies such injustice to the entire body of priests in this diocese and in this country.”

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