Pope Francis remains silent as pro-abortion “Catholics” claim they have his support

The Catholic Church has long been one of the leaders in the pro-life movement.

But under Pope Francis the Church has been turning increasingly leftward.

And now Pope Francis is remaining silent as pro-abortion “Catholics” claim they have his support.

Catholics are one of the largest single Christian denominations in the United States.

The destruction of the Catholic Church?

But U.S. Catholics hold far more diverse views on abortion than the official teaching of their church.

While the Catholic Church holds that abortion is wrong and should not be legal, 6 in 10 U.S. adult Catholics say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

This is according to a newly released Pew Research profile of Catholicism in America.

And many pro-life and traditional Catholics believe a big part of the blame for this can be laid squarely at the feet of the Church’s left-wing Pope Francis.

Francis has led a radical realignment of Church teachings on everything from climate change to gay marriage, and even abortion.

Many Catholics believe Francis has allowed American Catholics to ignore, and even actively oppose, Church teachings on abortion.

It is because of this, they say, that has allowed the pro-abortion lobby to increase its death grip on American Catholics. 

According to Pew, Catholic opinion about abortion rights tends to align with political leanings of Catholics, fewer Catholic Republicans favor legal abortion than Catholic Democrats. 

Shockingly, Pew found that Hispanic Catholics, who now make up one-third of the U.S. church, are slightly more supportive of legal abortion than white Catholics.

Pew also found that while 20% of the U.S. population self-identifies as Catholic, only about 3 in 10 of those say they attend mass regularly. 

Real Catholics are pro-life

The Pew Study also found that views on abortion are related to how often someone attends mass.

Just 34% of Catholics who attend mass weekly say abortion should be legal, while that number skyrockets to 68% among Catholics who attend mass monthly or less.

Pew Research also found that Pope Francis remains highly popular with American Catholics.

Some 75% of U.S. Catholics rate Francis favorably. 

Not surprisingly, there is a clear partisan divide among American Catholics and their support of the current Pope.

Catholic Democrats strongly support Francis, while Republican Catholics are far less likely to.

And about 4 in 10 U.S. Catholics view Francis as a major agent of change within the Church.

Pew also reports that many U.S. Catholics would welcome even more change. 

About 83% say they want the church to allow the use of contraception, 69% say priests should be allowed to get married, 64% say women should be allowed to become priests, and 54% say the Catholic Church should recognize same-sex marriage.

Traditional Catholics say it is Pope Francis’ leftward turn that has given rise to the increase in the support for these radical departures from Catholic dogma.

In December 2023, the Pope even issued guidance to priests that they may bless people in same-sex relationships. 

And unlike previous Popes, Francis continues to remain largely silent about the new prevalence of pro-abortion views by so-called “Catholics.”

Without strong leadership from the Pope, expect the pro-abortion “Catholic” contingent in the U.S. to get even more emboldened.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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