Here’s How America Feels After The Pope’s Landmark Statement On Gays And Abortion
Jaweed Kaleem | huffingtonpost.com
Pope Francis’ statements in an interview published last week that the Catholic church has been too “obsessed” with homosexuality and abortion, and should focus more on being a “home for all,” have earned high approval from both Catholics and non-Catholics, according to a new poll conducted by HuffPost/YouGov.
The survey found that 46 percent of U.S. Catholics think Francis’ remarks, during an interview with the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, reflect a “good change” in church direction, while 20 percent say his take on the issues “doesn’t go far enough in changing church policy.”
Just 15 percent of Catholics said the pope strayed “too far from traditional church values,” while 19 percent were unsure how they felt.
During the interview, a little over six months into his papacy, Francis said the church has “sometimes locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules” and, if it doesn’t change, would be in danger of falling “like a house of cards.”
While the pope has not advocated changing the church’s positions on homosexuality, abortion or contraception, his comments, which followed an interview this summer where he said it was not his place to judge gay people, have been hailed by gay rights organizations. The Human Rights Campaign said last week that Francis has pressed the “reset button” on the church’s relationship to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
In the poll, 81 percent of Catholics said they thought the pope has had a “very positive” or “somewhat positive” effect on the church, while 76 percent said they had a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” view of him. Negative views of Francis and of his effect on the church were held by less 10 percent of the Catholics who were polled.
When asked what they would want the pope to do if they had a choice, 49 percent of Catholics surveyed said he should “change Church policies to reﬂect the attitudes of Catholics today.” Meanwhile, 37 percent of respondents said the pope should maintain traditional church positions.
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