Father Robert Barron's excellent insights that the media wants to do, drive a wedge between Pope John Paul II and the much maligned during his papacy and afterwards, the martyr-like Pope Benedict XVI, Doctor of the Church:
And CNN's poll:
As Pope Francis prepares to celebrate his first Christmas Mass at the
Vatican, a new poll indicates the unconventional and popular pontiff is winning
high marks from American Catholics.
A CNN/ORC International poll released today found that 88% of American
Catholics approve of how Francis is handling his role as head of the 1.2
billion-member church. By comparison, three-quarters of American Catholics
approved of how Pope John Paul II was leading the church in 1994; that number
rose to 84% in 1999 and dipped to 64% in 2003, at the height of the church's
sexual abuse crisis.
American Catholics seem to like Francis' new direction. Nearly two-thirds agree
with him about the amount of attention that should be paid to moral issues,
according to the CNN/ORC poll. On other key issues for Catholics - the role of
women in the church and the sexual abuse crises - Francis gets similarly high
ratings among his American flock.
Among Americans in general, nearly three in four view Francis favorably.
The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International on December 16 through 19,
and included interviews with 1,035 adults nationwide, including 191 Catholics,
who were questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus
or minus three percentage points and the sampling error for Catholic
respondents is plus or minus seven percentage points.
Watch CNN's special coverage of Pope Francis' first Christmas Mass on CNN and
CNN International beginning at 6 ET tonight.
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