Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quote of the Day

Roman Catholics in the United States say that their bishops are out of touch, and that the next pope should lead the church in a more modern direction on issues like birth control and ordaining women and married men as priests, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Seven out of 10 say Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican have done a poor job of handling sexual abuse, a significant rise from three years ago. A majority said that the issue had led them to question the Vatican’s authority. The sexual abuse of children by priests is the largest problem facing the church, Catholics in the poll said.

Three-fourths of those polled said they thought it was a good idea for Benedict to resign. Most wanted the next pope to be “someone younger, with new ideas.” A majority said they wanted the next pope to make the church’s teachings more liberal.

With cardinals now in Rome preparing to elect Benedict’s successor, the poll indicated that the church’s hierarchy had lost the confidence and allegiance of many American Catholics, an intensification of a long-term trend. They like their priests and nuns, but many feel that the bishops and cardinals do not understand their lives.

. . . Even Catholics who frequently attend Mass said they were not following the bishops’ lead on issues that the church had recently invested much energy, money and credibility in fighting — artificial birth control and same-sex marriage. . . .

– Laurie Goodstein and Megan Thee-Brenan
"Poll Shows Disconnect Between U.S Catholics & Church Hierarchy"
New York Times
March 5, 2013

1 comment:

  1. American Catholics are something like 7 per cent of all Catholics. Progressive American Catholics make up an even smaller segment of the overall global Church.

    It would be quite educational to compare this study to an opinion survey of the entire Catholic Church. I have no idea what the global survey would reveal.

    The bottom line question is, should the Church, a global organization, change to XYZ if it turns out that most Catholics around the world don't welcome such a change?