Archive for February 13th, 2014

Pope Francis Faces Church Divided over Doctrine, Global Poll of Catholics Finds / Washington Post

Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large new poll released Sunday (Feb. 9) and commissioned by the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision.

On the topic of gay marriage, two-thirds of Catholics polled agree with church leaders. Overall, however, the poll of more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries reveals a church dramatically divided: Between the developing world in Africa and Asia, which hews closely to doctrine on these issues, and Western countries in Europe, North America and parts of Latin America, which strongly support practices that the church teaches are immoral.”

By Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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The Papacy of Pope Francis & His Impact on the Catholic Church / St. Louis Public Radio

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In the 11 months since Pope Francis began his papacy, he has gained widespread approval and a reputation for shaking things up.

“In July, he surprised the world by asking, “Who am I to judge?” in response to a question about gays in the Catholic Church. In December, Time magazine selected him as the Person of the Year for 2013. And a worldwide poll of 12,000 Catholics published this month by Univision set the pope’s approval rating at 87 percent.

“Three theological studies professors from Saint Louis University joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today (Feb. 12) in a discussion that ranged from the pope’s popularity to his vision for the future of the Catholic Church.”

By Camille Phillips, St. Louis Public Radio — Click here to read listen to this entire program.

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