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Catholics like new Pope

October 5, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
The new Pope Francis seems to be stirring up some consternation among the most conservative Catholics, but a new poll shows that most Catholics agree with him.

According to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 53 percent of the Catholics polled have a favorable view of the new pope and 36 percent have a very favorable view of him, reports the Religion News Service. Two in three Catholics who were polled agreed that the Catholic Church think that past leaders have been too focused on homosexuality, abortion and contraception. About 60 percent of the Catholics who were polled are in favor of gay marriage, with the remainder being against it, despite the Catholic Church's official opposition to gay marriage. The support for gay marriage was also strong among weekly churchgoers, to the tune of about 53 percent in favor to 40 percent opposed, so the support isn't only coming from so-called "Christmas and Easter" or "cafeteria Catholics" The Catholics surveyed also support allowing women to be priests by a margin of about 60 percent in favor to 30 percent against. As a Catholic, I share the views of the majority, so it is interesting to see that so many people agree.

From what I can tell, Pope Francis isn't in favor of gay marriage, birth control, female clergy, abortion or birth control any more than any of his predecessors, but he does seem to be in favor of shining the spotlight on other Church teachings more related to social justice for the poor. I think that's probably what Catholics are responding to after several years of a more traditionalist approach by the Church.

What do you think of the new approach being taken by the Catholic Church?


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