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Ahead of Pope’s US Visit, New Poll Considers Catholicism in America

Pew Research Center Surveys Catholic Attitudes on Family Issues

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The Pew Research Center on Wednesday released findings from a new poll on Catholics in the United States, as Pope Francis prepares for his first trip to this country later this month.

The extensive survey explores a variety of family issues and found that, for example, «Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children.» On the other hand, «fully two-thirds of American Catholics think it is acceptable for same-sex couples to raise children, including 43% who say a gay or lesbian couple with children is just as good as any other kind of family.»

The Pope will be in the United States for the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia.

The report considers «cultural Catholics» and «ex-Catholics» as well as those who are not Catholic but are some how connected to the Catholic Church.

For those who are Catholic, «seven-in-ten say they could never imagine leaving Catholicism, no matter what.»

On the Net:

Survey report: http://www.pewforum.org/2015/09/02/u-s-catholics-open-to-non-traditional-families/

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