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Should the Catholic Church ordain women? Decentralize the power of the Vatican? What country do you hope the new pope is from? Beliefnet recently asked what you envisioned for the future of the church and papacy. The results from our survey are below.

John Paul II's most important legacy is:
CatholicsNon-Catholics
Reaching out through travel10.1%9.5%
Improving interfaith relations18.8%23.9%
Opposing abortion & stem cell research3.7%5.7%
Inspiring young people16.4%8.2%
Opposing the death penalty0.2%1%
Rejecting euthanasia0.4%0.6%
Speaking out for the poor3.5%5.3%
Promoting peace23%22.8%
Exemplifying dignity in suffering2.6%2.4%
Spurring communism's downfall9.2%9.7%
Other12%11%


What did you like least about John Paul II's papacy?
CatholicsNon-Catholics
Authoritarian leadership style7.7%8.1%
The handling of the sexual abuse scandal30.2%30.5%
Continued opposition to abortion1.5%2.7%
Condemnation of homosexuality5.1%7.1%
Controversial candidates for sainthood1.7%2.5%
Opposition to the Iraq war6.2%6.9%
Banning dialogue about the ordination of women13.5%11.6%
The continued ban on contraceptives16.4%18.1%
Other17.6%12.6%


I think the Catholic Church:
CatholicsNon-Catholics
Should be more progressive50.7%64.5%
Should be more traditional21.2%16.4%
Is fine as it is28%19.2%


Do you believe the Catholic Church should: (Catholic responses)
YesNoNot sure
Ordain women41%44%15%
Allow for abortion in some cases40%45%15%
Reach out more to other faiths84%8%8%
Allow euthansia16%64%20%
Allow birth control63%26%10%
Allow priests to marry56%32%12%
Do more for social justice/human rights81%9%10%
Return to more traditional Catholicism32%52%16%
Increase its efforts to fight poverty87%7%6%
Allow more lay participation67%18%16%
Accept homosexuality30%54%17%
Offer Communion to remarried Catholics (without requiring an annulment)63%25%12%
Decentralize the power of the Vatican20%63%18%
Reconsider its opposition to the Iraq war19%64%17%
I hope the church stays pretty much as it is38%45%17%


Do you believe the Catholic Church should: (Non-Catholic responses)
YesNoNot sure
Ordain women58%27%15%
Allow for abortion in some cases58%29%13%
Reach out more to other faiths86%6%7%
Allow euthansia27%45%27%
Allow birth control81%11%8%
Allow priests to marry80%10%10%
Do more for social justice/human rights83%7%10%
Return to more traditional Catholicism17%61%22%
Increase its efforts to fight poverty89%4%7%
Allow more lay participation72%8%20%
Accept homosexuality36%51%12%
Offer Communion to remarried Catholics (without requiring an annulment)73%10%17%
Decentralize the power of the Vatican36%35%29%
Reconsider its opposition to the Iraq war29%52%19%
I hope the church stays pretty much as it is17%61%22%


I hope the next pope is from:
CatholicsNon-Catholics
United States21.6%27.8%
Canada2.6%3.6%
Mexico3.7%1.9%
Central/South America20.5%15.2%
The Caribbean1.6%1.4%
Europe27.2%22.1%
Australia1.3%2.4%
Asia3.5%3.2%
Africa17.9%22.4%


What I like most about my faith is:
CatholicsNon-Catholics
Being connected to a spiritual community8.6%8.8%
It makes me a better person8.2%8.8%
The rituals, music, and liturgy5.5%2.7%
Receiving Communion10.7%1.4%
Spiritual practice makes me feel grounded9.9%9.9%
Having a moral structure to guide my life19.9%16.6%
It gives me a meaningful sense of my role in the world11.5%13.8%
It is my source for truth and wisdom12.6%21.6%
Religious figures in my tradition inspire me2.5%1.1%
I'm not so sure I like it!4.7%2.8%
Other5.9%12.5%


How often do you attend religious services?
CatholicsNon-Catholics
More than once a week20.7%22.9%
Once a week40.3%27.2%
A few times a month13.5%13%
A few times a year20.3%24.3%
Never5.2%12.6%


What would inspire you to attend Mass more often (Catholics only):
Catholics
Having more of a voice in church activities & decisions6.5%
More innovative liturgies11.8%
More dynamic pastoral leadership20.3%
A return to traditional mass practices12.4%
More acceptance and tolerance15.1%
Practical amenities like day care2.1%
I already go to church enough!11.5%
Nothing--I am Catholic, but not practicing5%
N/A--I'm not Catholic1.3%
Other14%
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