A poll shows that 88 percent of Catholic adults in the U.S. support the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope.
Eighty-eight percent of Catholic adults in the U.S. approve of last week’s selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, now Pope Francis, to lead the Roman Catholic Church, according to recent polling.
The CNN/ORC International poll also shows that 72 percent of Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience than the pope’s teachings when it comes to difficult moral questions, and 59 percent believe the pope is infallible on matters of faith.
Respondents also said Pope Francis should:Develop stricter policies regarding sexual abuse by priests (90 percent). Allow Catholics to use birth control (76 percent). Permit priests to marry (64 percent). Allow women to be priests (59 percent). Let divorced Catholics remarry without an annulment (52 percent). Not ease church doctrine on abortion (55 percent).
The new pope was elected and announced last Wednesday, March 13. The poll results are from telephone surveys with 190 Catholics conducted Friday through Sunday. Margin of error is plus or minus 7 percentage points.