A new poll suggests a large majority of American Catholics agree with the pope’s comments on the church’s apparent obsession with a handful of moral issues.
Pope Francis said last month in an interview that the Catholic Church “cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” and he suggested that gays should be treated with more kindness.
The survey, released Friday by Quinnipiac University, showed 68 percent of adult Catholics agree with the pope’s statement about the church’s focus on homosexuality, abortion and contraception.
Only 23 percent of Catholics surveyed disagreed, and the poll showed the breakdown remained pretty much the same across all age groups and regardless of the frequency of Mass attendance.
The national poll, conducted last week, also showed that 53 percent of American Catholics had a favorable view of Pope Francis, with 36 percent claiming a very favorable view, compared to only 4 percent who viewed him negatively.
Catholic support for same-sex marriage remains strong, according to the poll, with about 60 percent approving and 31 percent opposed, which matches similar findings in other polls.
That level of support is slightly higher than the national 56 percent approval rating.
Support for same-sex marriage drops only slightly among weekly churchgoers, to 53 percent, compared to 40 percent opposed.
The poll also found that American Catholics favor the ordination of women priests by a 60-30 margin, and support only drops to 52-38 among those who attended Mass once a week.
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