Despite Conservative Opposition, Pope Francis Maintains His Popularity

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Despite Conservative Opposition, Pope Francis Maintains His Popularity According to a  Pew Research Center , 84 percent of Roman Catholics have a opinion of the , 1 percentage  from the of his year. But Catholic Republicans, it’s a story. His favorability ratings have by 11 percentage points 2014, when nine in 10 Catholic Republicans had a favorable of the pope. More than half of Catholic Republicans in the Pew survey Francis is “too,” and 37 percent he represents a “major for the better.” Throughout his papacy, Francis has been for his “liberal” views   of the nation’s contested topics, from climate to and divorce.

While some conservatives might not agree his stances, the Catholic community’s views as a whole shifting him. The made headlines in 2013 when he expressed a stance on homosexuality than his, Pope Benedict XVI. “If is and he the Lord and has will, who am I to judge?” Francis in to a about the supposed “gay lobby.” The pope’s is reflected by Catholics’ evolving views on same-sex marriage.

More than two-thirds of U.S. Catholics they same-sex, compared to 54 percent in 2012, the Pew report. Still, 44 percent Francis has only done “a little” to the Catholic Church accepting of homosexuality. Francis has Catholics, who are civilly divorced cannot remarry in the eyes of the without an, a second at marriage a streamlined process. Despite Francis’ efforts, 38 percent of Catholics they would to the do in the of and remarriage. Only 17 percent they don’t him to do more or would to him do in the Pew poll. In another groundbreaking, Francis in 2016 that priests cans absolution for abortion. Though he considers abortions a “grave,” he “there is no that God’s mercy cannot and wipe when it finds a repentant seeking to be reconciled the Father.

” Catholics’ views on  haven’t as drastically as those on homosexuality, the percentage of those who abortion should be in or cases jumped by 4 percentage points, to 53 percent in 2017. The has preached acceptance his papacy, saying those who do not in God can heaven if they lead lives. In a May 2013 homily, Francis didn’t mince words: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, the Blood of Christ: all of us, not Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”