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Poll: Two-Thirds of U.S. Catholics Agree that the Church Focuses Too Much on Homosexuality

Pope FrancisA Quinnipiac University poll released this week found that over two-thirds of U.S. Catholics agreed with Pope Francis' recent statement that the Catholic Church should not focus so much on social issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraception. Reuters reports:

Sixty-eight percent of American Catholics agree with comments the Pope made to that effect in an interview published in the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, while 23 percent disagreed, according to the poll. There was little difference in opinion between observant and less-observant Catholics, women and men, and among age groups, the poll found. 

American Catholics also like their new pope, with 89 percent having a "favorable" or "very favorable" opinion, and only 4 percent voicing an unfavorable opinion, the poll found.

"Maybe they were just waiting for a Jesuit," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Francis is the first pope from the religious order of the Jesuits, an order known for its intellectuals and iconoclasts.

In the [Civita Cattolica] interview, Francis reaffirmed traditional church teachings, but said the church must "find a new balance" or risk seeing its entire moral edifice collapse "like a house of cards."

 

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  1. There are priest for whom it seems to be more of a personal issue. You can tell they're obsessed. I've come across such a priest here in South Florida. In the service I attended he ridiculed gays and asked the congregation if they've had their chick-fil-a yet? Needless to say I walked out. That political priest was a jerk. To me that is not what my faith is about.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 5, 2013 12:43:23 PM


  2. Please. All religion is a "house of cards" made of soap-bubbles - built on quicksand.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 5, 2013 12:46:48 PM


  3. This new Pope, Francis, is like a huge breath of much-needed air. But it's going to take a long time to ventilate the entire Catholic Church.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Oct 5, 2013 12:54:44 PM


  4. That means that 30% of Catholics disagree with the pope. How's that possible? Disagreeing with your infallible leader?

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 5, 2013 1:06:12 PM


  5. RELIGION IS LIKE A BLIND MAN
    LOOKING IN A BLACK ROOM
    FOR A BLACK CAT THAT ISN'T THERE
    AND FINDING IT..

    Posted by: darren | Oct 5, 2013 1:15:54 PM


  6. being brought up a catholic it has always been my
    understanding our religion was to guide us through life
    with comfort and love..why is it that the majority of what
    we hear of it and so many (generallizing) that represent the catholic faith only praise shame and hate...
    i think much more time should definately be spent on making the world a better place and teaching love for one another..not the gossip and hate..which was always my understanding are both sins..

    Posted by: mark | Oct 5, 2013 1:23:29 PM


  7. Catholics have long been liberal on social issues. The members. But what are they doing to actually....challenge the bigotry within the institution? Nothing, from where I sit, where most of us sit. That's the problem. That's why the polls showing Catholics tend to hold liberal views end up being meaningless, because these people are compliant in allowing homophobia, sexism, sexabuse, etc. continue, by not speaking out.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 5, 2013 1:47:13 PM


  8. Jesuits are a liberal cult within the Catholic hierarchy, their role was counter alternative religious ideas with arguments in defense of Catholic tradition and orthodoxy. To that extent they've been given some independence from Rome, but hardly anything subversive.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 5, 2013 2:30:11 PM


  9. And 2/3 of American Catholics haven't been to church in over 5 years

    Posted by: QJ201 | Oct 5, 2013 2:42:20 PM


  10. I agree that the church should not focus as much on issues like homosexuality, abortion, and contraception.

    The Roman Catholic church's teachings are clear, and the pope has not given a single indication that these will change:

    1) Same-sex sexual activity is always a sin, just as any type of sexual activity outside of the marriage bond. This is tried-and-true Roman Catholic teaching.
    2) Abortion is always the taking of a life. Only in the circumstance where the life (not health) of a mother is in direct danger could abortion ever be contemplated. And even then, it is done so with the knowledge and sorrow that a life is taken.
    3) Any contraception which interferes with the possibility that a sperm and egg can unite and then implant is always a sin.

    Granted, many do not adhere to the church's teachings. But they are clear and non-negotiable.

    With these teachings, one could question why an LGBT person would even want to be a Roman Catholic.

    Posted by: bravo | Oct 5, 2013 3:16:23 PM


  11. For the sets and costumes of course!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 5, 2013 3:24:43 PM


  12. Very true, David Ehrenstein. But the Episcopal church has great ones too, and it has been less dogmatic on all 3 points above.

    Posted by: bravo | Oct 5, 2013 3:29:23 PM


  13. Catholic doctrine says the Pope is infallible in regards to the faith, it doesn't say the Pope is literally infallible or God-like.

    That said, I was raised Catholic, and have little regard for ALL religions. I believe they exist to primarily control people, and brainwash them from birth. This is of course true of other prominent institutions and ideologies. And any institution / religion that claims it alone is the only way or worse that it alone has a special relationship with God or that they are chosen over others is of course complete chutzpah. The basis for this feces is a series of writings written by men thousands of years ago and is probably the greatest scam in the history of our human race.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 5, 2013 3:45:41 PM


  14. Homosexuality is bizarre. Of course it would get the attention of religion. Religion is bizarre.

    Posted by: PK | Oct 5, 2013 5:20:14 PM


  15. I believe he also told his flock to stop being judgmental aholes.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Oct 5, 2013 5:35:09 PM


  16. The church doesn't want to focus on homosexual issues not because they support gays but because they want to divert attention away from child abuse cases by priests.

    Posted by: Terry | Oct 5, 2013 6:39:48 PM


  17. C'mon,y'all--put aside the personal hurt & anger at a homophobic institution for just a second, in order to appreciate that a sea wave has set in; one that bodes better for gays. When this kinda change comes from the top of the only existing medieval edifice that exists into modern times, well--that's seismic. And no, belief in a personal God & the community formed around loving teachings helps evolve humanity--so back off, hating neanderthals.

    Posted by: Perry White | Oct 5, 2013 7:31:42 PM


  18. Who's fault is it? Who is the one obsess with the gays? Why do you think people join the cult?

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Oct 5, 2013 9:54:58 PM


  19. To Bravo: you have misunderstood the position of the Roman Church regarding abortion. There are no exceptions... not even if the life of the mother is in question. The doctor must work to save both; he can not intend one over the other. If the baby dies, it must be unintentional.

    Posted by: James M | Oct 6, 2013 9:28:42 AM


  20. What the hell is "tried and true" teaching? They never tried and are mostly wrong. Their teachings are not based on scientific observations or experiments. They are just "I said so. Therefore it must be true".
    Look at all those apologies John Paul II made.
    No question Francis or a future Pope will apologize to gay people when there is universal acceptance. They are always the last ones to wake up.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 6, 2013 10:38:06 AM


  21. Homosexuality focus too much on Homosexuality.

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 6, 2013 8:10:43 PM


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