New Catholic Poll Sends Clear Message To Church Leaders: Shut Up About The Gays
A recent poll of adult Catholics is sending a very clear message to Catholic leaders: Shut up about the gays.
survey, released Friday (Oct. 4), by Quinnipiac University, shows that two in three (68 percent) adult Catholics questioned said they agreed with the pontiff’s observation that the church has become too focused on issues such as homosexuality, abortion and contraception.
Just 23 percent disagreed, and the breakdown was virtually the same across age groups and among both weekly Mass-goers and those who attend church less frequently.
The national poll — conducted the last week of September — also showed that American Catholics have a favorable (53 percent) or very favorable (36 percent) opinion of Francis, and just 4 percent view him negatively.
“American Catholics liked what they heard when Pope Francis said the church should stop talking so much about issues like gay marriage, abortion and contraception,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The survey also found that Catholic support for same-sex marriage continues to be strong, as other
surveyshave found, with six-in-10 Catholics approving of gay marriage and 31 percent opposed. That’s slightly above the national 56 percent approval rating.
The poll goes on to note that Catholics that attend church weekly also support same-sex marriage at a rate of 53 percent.
Think the Catholic leadership will follow the lead of its membership and the Pope?