Long Island Bishop Unpopular in Poll
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.