Washington Post reports that Pope Francis gets high ratings from Catholics:
Among Catholics, 92 percent have a favorable view of Francis and 95 percent say the same of the church, a poll released Wednesday finds. Francis’ popularity marks a large increase from former Pope Benedict’s 73 percent favorable rating in a February Post-ABC poll just after he announced his retirement. … Ninety-four percent of Catholics who identify as moderate or liberal say they have favorable views of Francis compared with 73 percent who said the same of Pope Benedict after he announced his retirement in February. Among politically conservative Catholics, 91 percent are favorable toward Francis, compared with 84 percent who said the same of Benedict in February. … The peak in Post-ABC polling [for John Paul II] came in the weeks before his death, when 87 percent of U.S. Catholics said they had a favorable view of him…. When Benedict stepped down, 54 percent of all Americans said they had a favorable view of him, compared with 27 percent who had an unfavorable one and 19 percent who had no opinion.
And as you’ve no doubt heard, Time magazine has named Francis Person of the Year.
Pray Tell readers will be interested in the comment on liturgy by Brian Daley in Time:
“Already there has been a lot of backlash from traditionalist groups, conservative groups, people who feel he is moving too quickly away from the traditional style of Benedict on liturgy, on clerical appointments,” says Brian Daley, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. “But that’s probably a relatively small group of people.”