for Pew Forum on Feb. 22, 2013
As the pontificate of Benedict XVI winds down, a new report by the Pew Research Center finds that American Catholics are split in their hopes for the next pope.
Almost half (46%) say the next pope should move the church in new directions, while the other half (51%) say the new pope should maintain the traditional positions of the church. Most U.S. Catholics (58%) say it would be good if the next pope allows priests to marry, and fully six-in-ten say it would be good if the next pope hails from a developing region like South America, Asia or Africa.
Read the full report: http://www.pewforum.org/Christian/Catholic/US-Catholics-Divided-On-Churchs-Direction-Under-New-Pope.aspx