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What Do You Think Are the Most Pressing Issues Facing Pope Francis and the Catholic Church?

ABC News U.S. 2013/03/14 22:00:00
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Mark Crawford was 11 when his parish priest began to sexually molest him. It continued for more than six years, and when he finally reported the man to his New Jersey bishop, his abuser was promoted to personal secretary for the diocese's archbishop.

"I was violently abused," said Crawford, now 51 and a supervisor for a major American airline. "He embraced himself into our family life and became more and more controlling and possessive about me. And when I began to withdraw at 12 or 13, he physically beat me and kept me very isolated from people. I became withdrawn and quite. It was a real struggle." Crawford said his brother was also a victim of sex abuse.

Survivors like Crawford say they hold only a faint hope that the new Argentine pope -- given his humble lifestyle and passion for the poor -- will bring a new accountability to pedophile priests. Much of the criticism of the church's handling of the sex scandals has been that offending priests were simply moved to other parishes or dioceses by bishops eager to protect the church.

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  • Bluegrass 2013/03/15 18:10:32
    Something else
    Bluegrass
    +53
    Distribution of condoms to help stop the AIDS-HIV epidemic in Africa. This is not for birth control and it is not a homosexual issue. The opposition to free distribution of condoms has resulted in millions of people being infected with HIV unneccessarily and in poor countries of Africa that means they die of AIDS.

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  • Morgan 2013/03/24 00:30:24
    All the above
    Morgan
    +1
    I think its hilarious that he thinks gay couples adopting children is child abuse. but if a man of god molests a child, its an act of god!
  • Sónia Ferreira 〰❂❣ 2013/03/21 20:00:31
    Sex abuse
    Sónia Ferreira 〰❂❣
    +1
    That Pope Francisco is the light that shone upon the world as Dante Alighieri said in the thirteenth century about S.Francisco "the light that shone upon the world."


    I hope God gives a Holy pontificate to Francisco.

    light shone world hope god holy pontificate francisco viva papa


    God bless you Francisco . ♥

    Greetings from Portugal
  • zsa zsa 50 2013/03/21 10:53:57
    All the above
    zsa zsa 50
    These issues must be addressed, and if they don't they will continue to lose followers and the church may be doomed. In spite of these problems, there are a lot of good people practicing the Catholic faith and the church does many good things.
  • QUIS EVADET 2013/03/21 10:25:02
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    QUIS EVADET
    How long can the church keep deluding people and brainwashing people with the biblical myths of the invisible imaginary Hebrew Sky god, his zombie son, and their pigeon?
  • Broken 2013/03/21 04:49:30
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    Broken
    They need to excommunicate everyone who supports abortion and gay marriage.
  • Steve Johnson 2013/03/21 03:25:21 (edited)
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    Steve Johnson
    The most pressing problems for the Catholic Church are the battle with secularism in Europe and North America, providing an alternate path between globalization and socialism in Latin America, and the outright safety of church members in parts of the world - particularly in Nigeria, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, the Holy Land and other parts of Asia and Africa.

    The issues listed in the poll above, while non-trivial, reflect the concerns (actually, the obsessions) of the political punditry of this country. Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope of the Catholic Church, not President of the United States.
  • El Prez 2013/03/21 03:21:55
    All the above
    El Prez
    +1
    AND trying to keep rational people in the faith. Not doing too well with any of them.
  • Catita 2013/03/21 02:33:56
    Sex abuse
    Catita
    +1
    My prayers are with Pope Francesco God will guide him.
  • Lillsista Catita 2013/03/21 03:42:57
    Lillsista
    +1
    Exactly my answer!
  • TooSweet 2013/03/20 22:00:06
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    TooSweet
    +2
    The biggest issue for the pope is deciding what hat to wear.  pope hats   pope hats   pope hats   pope hats
  • Boris D. TooSweet 2013/03/20 22:02:04
    Boris D.
    +1
    true story meme
    He must wear many hats.
  • Linnster TooSweet 2013/03/20 22:42:01
    Linnster
    +1
    And which pumps.
  • TooSweet Linnster 2013/03/20 23:18:13
  • Linnster TooSweet 2013/03/22 21:55:14
    Linnster
    +1
    OMG - that was laugh-out-loud funny. For some reason, this just showed up in my happenings. This is hysterical.
  • TooSweet Linnster 2013/03/22 22:16:25
    TooSweet
    +1
    Yeah,my happenings have been A buggy lately too.
  • Linnster TooSweet 2013/03/22 22:21:49
    Linnster
    +1
    When I logged in a little while ago, it said I ha 54 happenings! Nowhere near that.

    How are you doing?
  • TooSweet Linnster 2013/03/22 22:28:27
    TooSweet
    +1
    Doing OK,just finished up for the day and am kicking back..How are you?
  • Linnster TooSweet 2013/03/22 22:40:15
    Linnster
    +1
    I'm fair to middlin'. Did something to my knee and had to take off today because I couldn't walk. Went to the doc, it's not a clot, which is good, but I don't know yet what it is. Feels better when I ice it, which I'm going to do shortly.
  • Pete 2013/03/20 10:19:53
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    Pete
    +1
    Preoccupation with the molestation issue is indicative of a fallacy in logic arising from attributing the guilt for individual, heinous actions to the organization as a whole. This doesn't make sense. Sexual abuse and molestation are not condoned by Catholic doctrine, but rather such behavior is deemed sinful. If molestation were an official part of Catholic dogma, the Church would then necessarily assume responsibility for promoting molestation. The Catholic Church is not responsible for the free will acts of individual Catholics, whether priests or laity, since the church has no control over the actions of its individual members, including priests and the hierarchy. Should the credibility of the entire U.S. government be destroyed because Bill Clinton as president behaved in a way that brought about impeachment? I don't think so. Similarly, President NIxon's criminal behavior could not be attributed to the organization known as the U.S. government. Individuals making outrageously bad or offensive behavioral choices are responsible for those choices, which cannot logically or rationally be attributed to the organization to which they belong.
  • Geepers-G 2013/03/20 09:30:11 (edited)
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    Geepers-G
    blah blah blah... same old crap as in the past 100 years. The church needs a serious kick in the rear end.They need to wake up from the dark ages and step into the year 2013 where the rest of humanity lives. There is no reason for not allowing women to become priest. There is no reason for not allowing controceptives, and there sure as hell is no reason for priest who moles anyone to not go straight to jail and be excommunicated. As for gays and marriage, who cares, let them get married. Who said God hates gay people? Isn't God ever powerful and merciful and the creator of all thingsincluding gay people? until I hear it from God himself, I am not going back to church an listen to all the half truths. And that is that!
  • Jeh 2013/03/20 09:06:24
    Sex abuse
    Jeh
    +2
    The molestation cases completely destroyed all credibility for the Catholic Church. Everything else is of lesser concern. It's like worrying that the seasoning is just right when cooking already tainted meat.
  • ghostrider 2013/03/20 04:20:07
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    ghostrider
    How the church can continue to hide and cover up the 'pervert corps' of priests ... (the only ones 'innocent' are those who haven't been caught/outed by their victims)
  • TheMicrophoneMenace 2013/03/20 04:01:15
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    TheMicrophoneMenace
    How about Idolatry and leading his followers astray from the real truth? Why is it the pope keeps teaching and repeating the SAME THINGS from the bible? Why isn't he talking about the actual return of Christ and teaching what that means? Why is EVERY POPE caught throwing up the double fingers or double horns on his hand (which is the sign of the false messiah or anti christ, the double horns is symbolic for the coat of arms worn and used by the royal family "House of Winsor) This is because the Pope and Catholic church doesn't want you to find out the truth about the return of the Messiah, they want you to keep searching and that search they want to go through THEM as in the pope, the pope wants you to go through him to find Jesus the Messiah so that he can MISLEAD AND MISGUIDE you, its called PROGRAMMING, BRAIN WASHING AND CONTROL.

    The pope will tell you, your going to hell if you don't follow what he tells you to follow and as soon as you hear that, you would get scared, well HELLO that's control through the pope and church.

    Who is the pope to tell YOU how many prayers you must say in order for God to forgive you? He is not a savior, he isn't a messenger and he is NOT God so he can not tell you how many prayers to say in order for God to forgive you because he does NOT kn...





    How about Idolatry and leading his followers astray from the real truth? Why is it the pope keeps teaching and repeating the SAME THINGS from the bible? Why isn't he talking about the actual return of Christ and teaching what that means? Why is EVERY POPE caught throwing up the double fingers or double horns on his hand (which is the sign of the false messiah or anti christ, the double horns is symbolic for the coat of arms worn and used by the royal family "House of Winsor) This is because the Pope and Catholic church doesn't want you to find out the truth about the return of the Messiah, they want you to keep searching and that search they want to go through THEM as in the pope, the pope wants you to go through him to find Jesus the Messiah so that he can MISLEAD AND MISGUIDE you, its called PROGRAMMING, BRAIN WASHING AND CONTROL.

    The pope will tell you, your going to hell if you don't follow what he tells you to follow and as soon as you hear that, you would get scared, well HELLO that's control through the pope and church.

    Who is the pope to tell YOU how many prayers you must say in order for God to forgive you? He is not a savior, he isn't a messenger and he is NOT God so he can not tell you how many prayers to say in order for God to forgive you because he does NOT know.

    I have respect for ANYONE who follows and believes in the ONE TRUE GOD and THAT ONE TRUE GOD ALONE BUT I am NOT a fan or supporter or follower of Idolatry and that is exactly what the pope and church wants you to do, pray to Mary the mother of Jesus and Saints who were HUMAN BEINGS on earth. The ONLY one you should ever pray to is GOD because God created all things including Jesus, Mary, all other messengers and all other TRUE prophets, so why would you PRAY to something that God created? Wouldn't you want to pray to the one who is ALL POWERFUL, THE ALL POWERFUL AND ONLY CREATOR? Ok well that's God and God doesn't come to the earth in human form, WHY because he doesn't need to because he is God, so he sends his creations which are human to bring and teach his messages and laws for him.

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  • Expressin 2013/03/20 01:41:47
    All the above
    Expressin
    +1
    All of these policies should be changed.
  • Jeff 2013/03/20 00:31:46 (edited)
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    Jeff
    Their un-Godly actions and the lack of treating people humanely is demented. They allowed their employees to abuse children. They took no responsiblity for it, very few arrests were even made, despite the fact that criminal acts were committed on innocent children. They continued the abuse differently, after the victim's spoke out, by shielding their criminal employees, trying to cover it up, going bankrupt to avoid civil settlements, and dismissing and disregarding any of the victims' pain.

    The Church proved over and over that their main focus, was not having Christian values or love of God and mankind. The Catholic Church has been a sham for years. They acted exactly the money-loving, hypocritcal, and criminal business that they are and have been for years.
  • Josh Robinson 2013/03/19 23:03:40
    Sex abuse
    Josh Robinson
    Covering up for men of the cloth, men who steal the life energy of children through their buttholes. preist rape
  • David (oYo) 2013/03/19 22:50:59
  • Mel 2013/03/19 21:44:08
    All the above
    Mel
    +2
    I can guarantee that he'll no ABSOLUTELY NOTHING positively or progressively on these issues. NOTHING. Same Old Pope in a different body
  • t.eliot, topbard 2013/03/19 19:54:30
    All the above
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    ...and more
  • Bastion 2013/03/19 18:50:55
    Birth control
    Bastion
    +2
    The mental sickness caused by the cognitive dissonance of seeking to help the poor while banning birth control.

    The Catholic Church is sexually insane. Celibacy was instituted to keep WOMEN from gaining wealth or power, and has made the entire male clergy mentally ill.
  • granada 2013/03/19 15:58:55
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    granada
    +1
    condom policy
  • dd214sjcca 2013/03/19 14:47:56
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    dd214sjcca
    +2
    This is 2013. The language of the heart that is spoken of is not the language of 2000 years ago. Much has been discovered since that time. We need to update our cultural realities and understand who we are in terms of humankind.

    I participated in a seminar at Santa Clara University a few years ago on human responsibility. It was lead by Hans Kung and Malcolm Fraser. The basic thesis was that we needed no new laws but a new kind of commitment to human responsibility. Without this change of heart it would not matter what new laws-the United Nations included-we enact if we remain trapped in old thinking.

    So I abandoned the notion of human rights and civil rights in favor of the Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer. That is why I am enchanted over the thought that Pope Francis1 will provide an avenue to take the journey of the heart by following the language of the heart, not the head.
  • pjobrien 2013/03/19 14:42:40
    All the above
    pjobrien
    +1
    The problems facing the Catholic church are really no different than the problems facing society as a whole. The moral compass has been shattered...
  • RH 2013/03/19 14:37:43
    Sex abuse
    RH
    +3
    I think the Sex Abuse issues should be first on the list.
  • All American 2013/03/19 13:26:54
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    All American
    +2
    Which pair of red shoes to wear?
  • Jeff All Ame... 2013/03/20 00:19:36
    Jeff
    LOL :--)
  • All Ame... Jeff 2013/03/20 00:21:31
    All American
    +1
    He be stylin' in those red shoes. lol
  • Bronar 2013/03/19 13:22:40
    Something else
    Bronar
    +1
    Science
  • SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO) 2013/03/19 12:30:11
    All the above
    SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO)
    +3
    The Catholic church is on a downhill slide
  • TheR 2013/03/19 05:43:58
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