Friday, May 02, 2008

Papal Visit Results in Big Jump in Positive View of Benedict and Church

Thanks to Deacon Tom Fox for sharing the great news about a recent Knights of Columbus poll that finds much to celebrate in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States. You can find the article here.

On another note, someone asked today about finding the complete texts from the Papal Addresses that were given. You can find those online here. I'm contemplating taking one per week for the next several weeks and using it as a prompt for prayer, writing and contemplation.

The following are some of the most important elements of the Knights of Columbus article:

  • 65 percent of Americans have a more positive view of Pope Benedict as a result of what they saw and heard during his visit

  • 52 percent have a more positive view of the Catholic Church

  • The proportion of Americans with a favorable view of Pope Benedict jumped from 58 percent prior to his visit to 71 percent afterward

  • The proportion describing the pope positively as a spiritual leader went from 53 percent to 62 percent

  • The proportion describing him as a good or excellent world leader went from 41 percent to 51 percent

  • 56 percent see his ability to promote good relations between the Catholic Church and other religions as good or excellent, up from 40 percent prior to his visit

  • More than a third (35 percent) say they are now more in touch with their own spiritual values as the result of the pope’s visit.

Even more importantly, nearly half (49 percent) now have a better understanding of the Catholic Church’s positions on important issues, and a significant proportion of Americans are prepared to change their personal involvement as a result:

  • About four in ten say they are more likely to lead a moral life and make family a bigger part of their lives
  • One in three are more likely to participate in elections, community activities and their churches as a result of the papal visit.

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