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Long Island Bishop Unpopular in Poll

March 29, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Roman Catholic Bishop William Murphy of Long Island knows he's an outsider, and now there is a poll that proves it: Only 16% of Long Island Catholics have a favorable opinion of him, according to a Newsday poll.

The poll showed that 43% of the flock has an unfavorable view of the bishop, while 40% expressed no opinion. Murphy's diocese of 1.5 million people is the nation's sixth-largest.

Murphy has come under fire for his six years of service as a deputy to Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, who resigned last year for his handling of sexual abuse cases. Murphy was appointed to the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2001.

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