According to the results of the survey, Catholics want several major changes within the Church, including movement on some controversial issues such as allowing married men to be ordained, giving the laity greater power in decision-making, and being more open to divorced members. But there is not majority support for other items high on the reform agenda, such as ordination of women or broader acceptance of homosexuality. Of more concern to American Catholics than any of these hot button issues are social justice issues, such as fighting poverty.
Half of Catholic respondents said they wanted the church to become more progressive, while 28% said the church is "fine as it is" and the rest favored a return to more traditional Catholicism.
Other highlights from the survey include:
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