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March 14, 2014

Francis Barry: The pope is listening to what Catholics want

A Pew Research Center poll released last week showing that American Catholics strongly favor allowing the use of birth control – and allowing priests to marry and women to be ordained – comes as no surprise. It has long been thus. Catholics also continue to give high marks to Pope Francis, whose 85 percent approval rating is nearly unchanged from a year ago. Even the fact that half of Catholics think the church should recognize same-sex marriage is old news, given past polls.

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