Pope’s U.S. popularity plummets in polls

gallup pollA new Gallup poll released on Wednesday shows that the pope’s popularity has taken a steep downward spiral, with only 59 percent of Americans saying they viewed the pope favorably, down from 76 percent in February 2014. Fueling this lower rating are declining opinions of the pope among Roman Catholics and conservatives. Worse still, 16 percent of Americans disapprove of the job the pope is doing, up from 9 percent in the same period.

The Gallup poll was done three weeks after the pope released his much-ballyhooed climate Encyclical, which denounced capitalism (free markets) and criticized humankind for turning the planet into a sewer. Critics say that much of his Encyclical was largely ghost-written by environmental activists and United Nations’ ideologues. Prior to the Encyclical’s release, the Vatican held a controversial climate summit, and invited people like pro-abortionist Jeffrey Sachs and population-control proponent Ban Ki-moon to speak.

Even Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and PASS, had difficulty trying to explain away why having Sachs and Ki-moon at the climate conference wasn’t antithetical to the church’s teachings and that abortion and population control were not part of the agenda. Sorondo even wrote in one communication to a pro-life group that no one mentioned abortion or population control, but that they did speak of “access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.”

As one pro-life group noted, “phrases such as ‘family planning,’ ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ and ‘reproductive rights’ are euphemisms for contraception, sterilization, and abortion.” According to Life Site, “Sorondo’s response was not only ‘surprising’ but amounted to him ‘openly defy[ing] the position the Holy See has held on these terms for over thirty years because of their association with abortion.'” Much of this was seen by Roman Catholics and pro-life groups as a slap in the face after years of battling abortionists, only to be undermined by the pope’s underlings.

Gallup also wrote that before the February 2014 survey, the pope was being lauded by “gay and lesbian members of the church, the American news media, with accolades including Time magazine naming him the Person of the Year in 2013.” He was quite possibly one of the most popular popes since Gallup started doing these surveys, and then the Encyclical circus came to Vatican City.

The favorability decline among conservatives, Gallup said, “may be attributable to the pope’s denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’ and linking climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality — all issues that are at odds with many conservatives’ beliefs.” Even Americans who identify as liberals gave Francis a lower favorability rating, which dropped 14 percentage points in the same period.

Liberals have “criticized the pope for not embracing ordination of women as priests or allowing priests to marry.” Gallup writes that his “papacy is still relatively new, however, and in time he may address these long-standing doctrinal questions more fully.” That may be wishful thinking, as others have noted that much of what Francis has said gets taken out of context, misappropriated by liberal pundits, or reinterpreted by the mainstream media.

As Luke Coppen of The Spectator wrote in January 2014, in the year since the pope took office, “few left-leaning commentators could resist falling for the foot-washing Jesuit from Buenos Aires. In column after column they projected their deepest hopes on to Francis — he is, they think, the man who will finally bring enlightened liberal values to the Catholic church.” And some of his earlier popularity could also stem from his unpopular predecessor, Benedict. Even with this new survey, Francis’ popularity is still higher than Benedict’s but lower than John Paul’s.

While his image may be going down, his carbon footprint is going up. Way up. Francis is making his first visit to the U.S. this September, and will be traveling to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He will also be addressing a joint session of Congress, where most Republicans have largely ignored his Encyclical. This is in addition to Francis stopping in communist Cuba as well as visiting other countries throughout his papacy.

One church historian, Christopher Bellitto, told the Associated Press, “Whether liberal or conservative, you love the pope when he agrees with you. And he’s been saying things that annoy both sides.” Bellitto also said that his decline in popularity was not surprising. “Who can sustain those numbers for that long?” Apparently Pope John Paul II can, who served as the Holy See for nearly 27 years, and “always polled above 60% in the 1990s and 2000s, reaching a high of 86% favorability in late 1998.”

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    GR82DRV

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    While some of the pope’s focus on the poor is admirable and certainly emulates Christ’s example, his method and execution took a hard left turn off the path. There is a fundamental misunderstanding by many, including the pope, believing that Christ was a [i]political[/i] activist. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything, Christ’s message was toward individual liberty and the responsibilities entailed within those blessings.

    I agree that Pope Francis has been manipulated by political activists within his midst:

    [i]”Critics say that much of his Encyclical was largely ghost-written by environmental activists and United Nations’ ideologues.”[/i]

    Likewise, the pope needs to consider the people he is drawing in verses those he is alienating:

    [i]”few left-leaning commentators could resist falling for the foot-washing Jesuit from Buenos Aires. In column after column they projected their deepest hopes on to Francis — he is, they think, the man who will finally bring enlightened liberal values to the Catholic church.”[/i]

    Like a hooker hanging on the arm of a swaggering John, the political left will split with the church as soon as they get what they want. [i]Note to the R.C. church: Don’t ask the left if they really love you…[/i]

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      JayPee

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      Regardless of what the Pope says, think about what he and his church do. By their deeds you will know them.

      The Roman Church is the wealthiest single entity in the world. And not just in precious metals and jewels, nor its vast holdings in real estate, currency and securities. Its possessions of art and historical wealth ( mostly in various forms of manuscript ) is enormously without rival.

      Yet, in issues of charity, the rest of the world is instructed in regard of what they must do. While the Roman Church sits back and accumulates even greater wealth.

      Why not think of their historical policies and most especially the vows of celibacy and obedience as being part of a grandiose wealth accumulation and retention scheme.

      When will the Roman Church lead by its own good example ?

      They wouldn’t have to give or sell off even 10% of their wealth to set up a fund that through the interest and dividends alone would support all the good works they claim to advocate.

      Yeheshuah bar David ben Gennerarith said :

      BY THEIR DEEDS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

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        Me

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        Because religion is BS, there is no God, there is no Satan, it’s all BS.
        If you want charity, then give it to those that deserve it, and not runned by people with Six-figure salaries.

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”JayPee”]
    The Roman Church is the wealthiest single entity in the world…

    Yet, in issues of charity, the rest of the world is instructed in regard of what [i]they[/i] must do. While the Roman Church sits back and accumulates even greater wealth…

    When will the Roman Church lead [i]by its own good example[/i]?

    They wouldn’t have to give or sell off even 10% of their wealth to set up a fund that through the interest and dividends alone would support all the good works they claim to advocate.
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    Good points! If we’ve learned anything about modern liberals it’s that they will give you the shirt of of someone else’s back while claiming credit for the compassion.

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      Me

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      Not to many religions or charities will do the same, the Salvation Army is one of the better ones, probably the best out there, and then shit happens, suddenly they don’t live up to giving from their donations, because building codes. It’s always an excuse but never a one when a crysis happens and they are looking for donations.

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      Me

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      The Salvation Army is one of the best out there to give to, But hey the Mod disappeared my last so, they know what I said. I hope the funds donated to them went to rebuild the homes that it was donated for. Even if they got a better home than me, because it wasn’t their fault. Shit happens and we help best we can.

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