US Catholics: Give Us Hip, Young Pope
Poll finds most American Catholics think church is out of touch
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2013 8:14 AM CST
In this file picture made available on March 26, 2012 by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI wears a Mexican sombrero hat in Leon, Mexico, Sunday, March 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

(Newser) – The last pope was installed as a 78-year-old spring chicken who wasn't cool with birth control. This time around, a majority of US Catholics think that should change. A CBS News/New York Times poll finds that 66% of American Catholics want a pope who is "younger with new ideas," compared to 26% who want to stick with someone "older with more experience." And 54% want the new pope to "change to more liberal teachings," compared to 19% who want Benedict's more traditional teachings to be continued and 18% who want someone even more conservative.

The poll found that a majority of US Catholics think the church and its bishops and cardinals are out of touch with the modern world and disconnected from modern Catholics. Exactly which issues should the new pope liberalize? A huge number say birth control: 71% think he should OK artificial birth control, and a massive 91% say he should approve of condom use to stop the spread of HIV. Another big number, 69%, say he should allow priests to get married; the same percentage favors allowing women priests; and 62% think gay marriage should be legal. But a majority of respondents still hold traditional views on some matters: 56% think the pope should continue to oppose the death penalty and abortion.

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Mar 16, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
It's not so much that the church is out of touch with the modern world as it is the modern world is out of touch with God. Are all these "hip, fresh, liberal" ideas in conformity with God's Will for our lives? Read the Bible. It may be surprising to find out that so-called "Christians" are more in love with themselves than they are with God, and they simply want God to justify their own pleasures.
Mar 7, 2013 2:15 AM CST
How about Guido Sarducci? He'd make a really hip Pope.
Mar 6, 2013 3:23 PM CST
The Cardinals have circled the wagons. There may be a younger Pope, but it sure won't be a progressive one.