More than four in 10 French Catholics want the pope to step down and most want the church to change its stance on abortion, divorce and homosexuality, according to a poll to be published on Sunday.Is anyone else curious as to which "values of Catholicism" this "more than half" wish the Pope would do a better job defending? the ones they believe in, or the ones they don't?
Some 43% of Catholics want Pope Benedict XVI to resign or retire, compared to 54% who do not, according to an IFOP poll to be published in France's Le Journal du Dimanche weekly.
The poll was conducted over telephone on Thursday and Friday and involved 620 Catholics spread over France, aged 18 or above.
Sentiments against Benedict are higher among non-practising Catholics, with 47% wanting the pope out of office, according to the survey, while only about a third of practising Catholics do.
Meanwhile, more than 80% of Catholics polled want the church to modify its position on contraception and abortion, while significant majorities also want it to change its opposition to remarriage after divorce as well as homosexuality.
Moreover, almost half consider Benedict does a bad job defending the values of Catholicism, according to the IFOP poll - a sharp increase from 13% who judged so in a separate survey last August for La Vie magazine.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
In related news, 4 out of 11 children...
.... say Mom should make brownies every night, and not that Pillsbury mix, the ones we like; and that we should get to decided on our own bedtime. A sizable majority believes that she let's Larry and Ted get away with murder.