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Pew survey: U.S. Catholics split on church’s direction, open to a pope from anywhere

 

t1larg.peoplepews.ts(NCR) As Pope Benedict XVI faces his final days on the throne of St. Peter, a majority of U.S. Catholics view his papacy favorably, and almost six in 10 have no qualms should his successor come from the developing world or open marriage to priests.

According to a Feb. 21 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 74 percent of Catholics expressed a favorable opinion of Benedict. That three-fourths figure reflected the average favorability Benedict garnered in the United States throughout his pontificate, with his highest approval (83 percent) coming in April 2008 during his five-day visit to New York and Washington, D.C.

While Benedict’s favorability remains high, it falls well below that of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who averaged approval ratings in the low 90s from 1987-1996.

Looking at specific pieces of Benedict’s legacy, Catholics expressed greater satisfaction with his work promoting interfaith relations (55 percent) than with his track record addressing the clergy sex abuse scandal (33 percent), with 63 percent of Catholics saying he had done a poor or fair job. Satisfaction ratings on both issues peaked in light of his U.S. visit.

The Pew Forum conducted the poll Feb. 14-17 by telephone, surveying 1,003 adults (212 Catholics). [more]

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21 Comments

  1. jay says:

    Let priests have the option to marry and root out the pedophiles with excamunication and bring not only the mercy of God but perhaps a little fire and brimestone teaching of what ones sins will bring them -eternity in hell.

  2. God Bless US Catholics for their kindness to Pope Benedict.
    For his Successor follow Scripture for the Rules of Lent.
    Pray, Fast and Give Alms.
    Follow Mary’s Instruction at Lourdes. Penance, Penance, Penance.
    Be Charitable to all Even if your opinion is different from theirs. Have a Great Day

  3. Andrew says:

    Blessed Jacinta and Francisco of Fatima were very devoted to the holy father. They knew nothing about him other than what their parish priest taught them and of course Our Lady who asked them to pray very much for the holy father who had much to suffer. We need more Catholics today like Francisco and Jacinta who love the Vicar of Christ, pray for his intentions and stand in solidarity with his suffering.

  4. Andrew says:

    RE: According to a Feb. 21 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 74 percent of Catholics expressed a favorable opinion of Benedict. That three-fourths figure reflected the average favorability Benedict garnered in the United States throughout his pontificate, with his highest approval (83 percent) coming in April 2008 during his five-day visit to New York and Washington, D.C….WOW, a secular polling firm discovered that the overwhelming number of American Catholics support and approve of Benedict XVI. Concerned, Recovering, Tony and Ann, you guys are in the minority – a very small minority.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I agree wth the latin mass because you can go anywhere in the world and enjoy mass. If the pope had died we would be electing a new pope and so this is the same. I just want a person who can get sanity back into our church. No pedophiles and give priest the option to marry.

    • Tony says:

      It is more understandable to have the Mass in the vernacular so that the prayers are understood by all. Have you ever heard a sermon asking for money given in Latin? No, because no onewould understand it.

      • Andrew says:

        You act as though every Catholic Church has suddenly been ordered to ban every language other than Latin. First of all, there are no shortage of Churches where everything is said in English ( even at Lent, many still say “Lord have mercy” instead of “Kyrie Elesion” ) so what’s the problem? Do you not feel like Catholics who wish to hear the Tridentine and priests who wish to say the Tridentine should be allowed? I certainly hope not. Perhaps you have a problem with the Mass revisions introduced last year? If you do then you really are just finding excuses to hate Pope Benedict for those changes are barely noticeable from what was said previously. All those changes did was clarify the meaning of the prayers: a more literal translation of the original Latin ( official language of the Church).

        • Tony says:

          The Triditine Mass is a different Rite, if has a different Calendar , it makes no provisions for altar girls,
          Usually does not provide for the ministry of permanent deacon or lay ministry, to have that in the church is divisive,
          Many of the priests who prefer that mass do not seem to be fully integrated guys and have personality development issues.

          • Andrew says:

            And who is forcing you to attend a Tridentine Mass? And who are you to judge the Tridentine? And who are you to imply that the Tridentine should not be offered? Really Tony, who do you think you are?

          • Larry Perssiko says:

            One of the biggest fans of the Tridentine Mass is Robert Finn who is a CONVICTED CRIMINAL bishop, who refuses to step down. That tells us all quite a bit about all of the fools who like to worshiop like this.

            • Tony says:

              Another Fan og the Latin mass is that Pompus ass, Cardinal Burke, he loves to parade in those long robes, that need little boy pages to hold as he drags them around.

              • Andrew says:

                Tony, those priests in the Tridentine Mass do what they do because they are focused on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Your comments against these men who by their title can change bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is an offense to Jesus Himself. Whatever since, minor or major, a priest has committed will be judged by God. It’s not your place to be that judge. Now, as I’ve said before and will say again, if you don’t like the Tridentine Mass, NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO ATTEND. If you go to church, there is no shortage of liberal Catholic parishes with modern music, hand holding, people dressed like slobs and talking during the consecration.

  6. Catholic Lady says:

    Gracious and holy Father
    please give to our Pope
    and to us the faithful
    intellect to understand You
    reason to discern You
    diligence to seek You
    wisdom to find You
    ears to hear You
    eyes to see You
    tongue to proclaim You
    a way of life pleasling to You
    patience to wait for You
    and perseverence to look for You.

  7. Andrew says:

    Tony, knock it off. You and your hate mongering friends on this board are just talking to yourselves. If the holy father were as bad as you say, we wouldnt have had the throngs of people flooding St Peters for his final Masses and blessings. If you don’t like the Latin Mass that’s your problem. Latin has always been the official language of the Church: even during post Vatican II, pre Benedict XVI. Actually, Blessed John Paul II was the one who encouraged a rebirth of the Tridentine: Benedict XVI simply carried on and instructed clergy the could not prevent the Mass if there was a demand (the Church again is not a democracy). Every day you post the same, tired old hate mongering tripe against this man of God who accomplishes more each day than you do in a lifetime. It is truly pathetic how you, Ann, concerned, and recovering have chosen to spend this holy season of Lent.

    • Tony says:

      I forgot to mention how Benny permitted Law to remain in Rome living like a king after his extreme cover.
      I forgot to mention his hesidency to allow married priests in the Latin church as allowed by the Anglican priests who covert to the same church.

    • Concerned says:

      Oh Poor dilusional Andrew. The throngs at Saint Peter are mostly the curiosity seekers – those impressed with the famous – the same thing happens when royalty marries or a new king or queeen is coronated – people flock to see what’s going on. As I have said before Andrew, it is people like you who really hate the Church – you put your stamp of approval on everything someone does as long as they agree with you. It is also the lazy approach – no critical thinking necessary, no investigating the evidence, no sorting out the fact from fiction. You want everyting to simply be told to you and you want someone who is goingg to tell it to you. Obviously your Lenten season is spent in a way that discourages growth, renewal or getting closer to God. Instead you work on stagnation, denial, closing you mind to growth, refusing to recognize reality and promoting indifference to the message of Jesus Christ. You should try a little critical thinking – it might renew you and help you to move forward instead backward.

  8. Tony says:

    American Sisters

  9. Tony says:

    B16 was a disaster of a Pope.he has divided the church by his giving into the Latin Mass advocates. Pope Paul VI said only the Vatican Ii mass, and Benny went back to the Latin mass.
    At a time when Latin is hardly used in the world he advocated for its greater use.
    His harsh treatment of theologians was unjust and unnecessary, leave long excommunication rather than a listening ear. His allowing the Americans to be targeted by a group of men who themselves are more tarnished is inexcusable.
    He was aweful

    • Ann says:

      Agree Tony. Further, he was not strong enough to stand up to the corrupt bureaucracy at the Vatican. As a pope, he was not successful, however, as head of the CDF he was destructive. This is not to say that he did not seek the truth in his own way, but his way was certainly not what the global church in the 21st century with a forwad looking theology and ministry of equality, justice and wholeness needs.

 
 

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