U.S. Catholics support pope, see need to embrace ‘new balance’ in politics

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September 16, 2015

Pope Francis waves as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Sept. 16, 2015.

Pope Francis waves as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis enjoys extremely high levels of support among Catholic likely voters and that support could reshape the Catholic Church’s engagement on political and social issues, a new poll reveals.

Undertaken by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America and Faith in Public Life, the survey found that Catholics across the political spectrum are hearing the pope’s message of love and mercy and would welcome a widening of the perception that the church’s primary concerns are the so-called “culture war” topics of abortion and same-sex marriage.

“The most important takeaway (from the survey) is for all of us to recognize that this pope offers a framework for consideration of so many aspects of our public life,” Stephen Schneck, institute director, said during a news briefing Sept. 16 at the National Press Club to release poll results. “He’s offering us a way to rethink issues that are so important in our contemporary world.”

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