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CNN Poll: American Catholics approve of new pope (.... but ....)
politicalticker ^ | March 19, 2013

Posted on 03/19/2013 2:09:19 PM PDT by NYer

Washington (CNN) – American Catholics are very enthusiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey.

But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you shouldn't expect them to pay any more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors.
"Pope Francis is starting off with a huge reservoir of goodwill in the U.S. Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

By contrast, an ABC News/Washington Post poll in April, 2005, found only 60% of Americans Catholics approved of the selection of Pope Benedict, the predecessor to Francis.

The new poll's release comes as Francis, known until his election as pope last week as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, is inaugurated Tuesday at a ceremony at the Vatican.

While they support his election as pope, nearly three-quarters of American Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience on difficult moral questions than the teachings of the pope.

What's the biggest change Americans Catholics are looking for from the new Pope?

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: 2013polls; argentina; catholic; conclave; popefrancis; romancatholicism

1 posted on 03/19/2013 2:09:19 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

ROFL ping! The secularist media continues to feed nominal catholics typical misinformation in order to keep them ignorant on church teachings. Let’s pray that Pope Francis’ approach to evangelization bears fruit.


2 posted on 03/19/2013 2:12:45 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Perhaps I am too sensitive, but is the media trying to say that this pope, like George W. Bush, was selected and not elected?

3 posted on 03/19/2013 2:19:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: All
American Catholics are very enthusiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey. But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you shouldn't expect them to pay any more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors....

Wotta coinkydink....
Survey Says Catholics Upset Over Pope's Catholic Views

4 posted on 03/19/2013 2:25:03 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: NYer
nearly three-quarters of American Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience on difficult moral questions than the teachings of the pope.

Then they are not Catholics; they are their own new protestant denomination.

5 posted on 03/19/2013 2:34:22 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: NYer

You shouldn’t be surprised.

The Commie News Network is merely doing its job.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 2:36:51 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: steve86
Then they are not Catholics; they are their own new protestant denomination.

CNN should re-write the article to reflect this view:

American Catholics are positively orgiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you should expect them to pay more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors.

"Pope Francis is starting off with a huge reservoir of goodwill in the U.S.. One-hundred and seventeen percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

By contrast, an ABC News/Washington Post poll in April, 2005, found only 60% of Americans Catholics approved of the selection of Pope Benedict, the predecessor to Francis.

The new poll's release comes as Francis, known until his election as pope last week as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, is inaugurated Tuesday at a ceremony at the Vatican.

Not only do they support his election as pope, "fully one-hundred-percent of American Catholics say that they will completely follow the teachings of the pope on all difficult moral questions." Perhaps not surprisingly, the findings of the latest CNN survey also found that no Democrat candidate for office has received a single vote from any registered Catholic voter in the last sixty years....


7 posted on 03/19/2013 2:45:03 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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Where is the misinformation, exactly?

I think it's hugely unwise to assume every poll with results you don't like is biased or poorly sampled or deliberately involves "non Mass attenders".

Many FReepers mocked the presidential polls (i.e. oversampled Democrats), yet they were right on.

American Catholics overall are hugely guilty of failing to comply with papal edicts on issues such as artificial birth control.

Is there really any question about that?

And very few NO homilies would even broach these issues, from what I have heard.

8 posted on 03/19/2013 2:49:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Perhaps I am too sensitive, but is the media trying to say that this pope, like George W. Bush, was selected and not elected?

God selected the new Pope through the power of The Holy Spirit.

My opinion to the drive by media, "Deal With IT!"

9 posted on 03/19/2013 2:55:00 PM PDT by painter (Obamahood,"Steal from the working people and give to the worthless.")
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To: steve86
Where is the misinformation, exactly?...American Catholics overall are hugely guilty of failing to comply with papal edicts on issues such as artificial birth control.

I was wondering the same thing. Three posts earlier, these people weren't even Catholics.

10 posted on 03/19/2013 3:00:59 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy
according to a new national survey.

Ah yes. A new "survey". A new poll. More public "opinion". I am reminded of what this man had to say about that.

"We all do no end of feeling and we mistake it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider a boon. It's name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God." -- Mark Twain

11 posted on 03/19/2013 3:40:14 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: NYer

“nearly three-quarters of American Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience on difficult moral questions than the teachings of the pope.”

They have something in common with serial killers, rapists, child molesters, and thieves. They also act on their own ‘conscience’. Today, the rampant use of the word ‘conscience’ is basically saying, “I decide what is right or wrong, even if I’m a Catholic or any other type of Christian. I am God!”


12 posted on 03/19/2013 3:41:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: NYer

Those who do not wish to listen to the new Pope should move on to Episcopalias or the Methodists, they are looking for a few good gay men and women.


13 posted on 03/19/2013 3:54:31 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: steve86
For it would give rise to the suspicion that there are among you some who conceive and would have the Church in America to be different from what it is in the rest of the world.

But the true church is one, as by unity of doctrine, so by unity of government, and she is catholic also. Since God has placed the center and foundation of unity in the chair of Blessed Peter, she is rightly called the Roman Church, for "where Peter is, there is the church." Wherefore, if anybody wishes to be considered a real Catholic, he ought to be able to say from his heart the selfsame words which Jerome addressed to Pope Damasus: "I, acknowledging no other leader than Christ, am bound in fellowship with Your Holiness; that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that the church was built upon him as its rock, and that whosoever gathereth not with you, scattereth."

Many American Catholics need to review this Encyclical.

14 posted on 03/19/2013 7:11:33 PM PDT by TradicalRC (Conservatism is primarily a Christian movement.)
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To: TradicalRC
Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae
15 posted on 03/19/2013 7:13:12 PM PDT by TradicalRC (Conservatism is primarily a Christian movement.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Anyone can call themselves anything, no? We see some high profile Catholics whose faith is rather questionable and we find some protestants whose faith is rather questionable.
16 posted on 03/19/2013 7:46:03 PM PDT by TradicalRC (Conservatism is primarily a Christian movement.)
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To: TradicalRC
...we find some protestants whose faith is rather questionable.

It's certainly questionable whether Rob Bell is deserving of the definition "Protestant". I can't think of a time when he has ever referred to himself as one, and I don't think he qualifies as one. Why do you say he is one?

17 posted on 03/19/2013 8:15:02 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

I did use the protestant term in shorthand form. Broadly speaking Christians fall into three camps; Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. I am aware that within those categories there are poignant differences and one may argue whether the differences are of kind or degree.
I listened to one theologian who drew a profound distinction between the reformation of Luther contrasted with the reformation of Zwingli/Calvin.
On one end of the spectrum we have the “labels are meaningless” crowd and on the other end we have the “labels are words that mean things” (which I subscribe to) crowd. That being said, not everyone who calls himself a Christian or a particular denomination of Christian is one.


18 posted on 03/20/2013 4:53:17 PM PDT by TradicalRC (Conservatism is primarily a Christian movement.)
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19 posted on 03/26/2013 6:55:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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