The Association of Catholic Priests recently commissioned a survey of Catholics in Ireland for their thoughts on the new translation and other controversial issues. (In Ireland, the new translation of the Mass was introduced last September for the people’s parts.) Respondents were limited to self-identifying Catholics. Margin of error is 3.1%. Among the interesting findings:
* New translation: 22% favorable/very favorable; 43% unfavorable/very unfavorable.
* 53% think old translation is more user-friendly; 12% think the new one is.
* 78% prefer “And also with you,” compared to 10% for “And with your spirit.”
* 67% favor “For us and for our salvation,” 16% favor “for us men and for our salvation.”
* Development of national liturgy within Roman guidelines favored by 42%, with 23% opposed.
* Church’s sexual teachers are relevant to 25%, not relevant to 75%.
* Homosexuality: 61% believe it is not wrong; 18% believe it is immoral.
* Communion for remarrieds: favored by 87%, with 5% opposed.
* Is the voice of laypeople heard about worship? 20% say yes, 46% no.
* Selection of bishops: 45% of clergy want more involvement of priests and laity, as do 63% of laypeople.
* Married priests: 87% support (90% of those age 35-54).
* Women’s ordination: 77% support (81% of women).
See the full report here.