Pope Francis is listening to what Catholics want
The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday 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 His Humbleness, Pope Francis, whose approval rating remains in the mid-80s, 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.