NEW LOOK. SAME FOCUS.

Church hierarchy needs to “catch up” with majority of American Catholics

The following statement can be attributed to Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Garden State Equality: 

“We congratulate our many Catholic members on the selection of Pope Francis and we have high hopes that his papacy advances the social justice teachings within the Church. However, we have been disappointed by the Church’s intolerant views and aggressive condemnation of LGBT families under the previous Pope. 

The following statement can be attributed to Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Garden State Equality: 

“We congratulate our many Catholic members on the selection of Pope Francis and we have high hopes that his papacy advances the social justice teachings within the Church. However, we have been disappointed by the Church’s intolerant views and aggressive condemnation of LGBT families under the previous Pope. 

“Pope Francis, as Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, asserted that adoption of children by gay couples is a form of discrimination against children and that marriage equality injures families. This does not reflect the view of American Catholics, by and large, or the real experience of New Jersey families.

“It’s time for the Catholic hierarchy to catch up with the majority of American Catholics who support full equality under the law for their gay brothers and sisters. In fact, American Catholics agree that the Church hierarchy is out of touch by wide margins.” 

SOURCE — QUINNIIPIAC POLL, MARCH 8, 2013: 

  • American Catholics support marriage equality, 54-38  
  • Church leaders are out of touch with American Catholics, 52-40
  • The next Pope should move the Church in new directions, 55-38

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1863