Poll Shows US Catholics Have Higher Opinion of Church Than Last Year

While a new Saint Leo University poll shows Americans’ favorable opinion of the Catholic Church remains almost the same as in November, the public’s opinion of the Church’s leader Pope Francis dipped.

As part of a Catholic university, founded on Benedictine traditions, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) conducts surveys on topics that affect Catholics and the public’s opinion of Pope Francis. The most recent poll was conducted online from February 17 through February 22, among 1,000 total respondents nationally.

Overall favorable opinion (strongly and somewhat favorable) of the Catholic Church in the United States was 43.6 percent in February 2020—up from 42.0 percent in November 2019. As the poll has an associated margin of error of +/- 3.0 percentage points, the results are statistically the same. In April 2019, the favorable opinion measured at 40.1 percent.

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Archbishop Jedraszewski Opens Beatification Causes of Emilia and Karol Wojtyła

Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski announced the decision to open the canonization processes of the Servant of God Emilia Wojtyła née Kaczorowska and the Servant of God Karol Wojtyła, Senior, parents of St. John Paul II.

The Metropolitan of Cracow announced that having obtained the approval of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the archdiocese has opened beatification processes for the parents of Saint John Paul II. Edicts signed by Archbishop Jędraszewski opening the cause bear the date March 2.

The relevant documents will be handed over to the parishes of the Archdiocese of Cracow in the coming days and the faithful will be informed about the beginning of the process. They are asked to send to the Metropolitan Curia in Cracow until May 7, 2020, any documents, letters or messages concerning the Servants of God, both positive and negative.

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Fort Worth diocese will distribute Communion outside after private Masses

Fort Worth, Texas, Mar 18, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth issued a pastoral letter March 18 detailing directives for the celebration of Mass during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Those directives include a plan for the distribution of the Eucharist after Masses conclude.

While all Masses are to be celebrated without a congregation present, Olson urged the continued distribution of Holy Communion “outside of church in designated spaces after Mass for those who are present in their cars or separated by a safe distance.”

“After consultation with my priests and civic officials at local and state levels, and in cooperating with them for the good of society, I am informing you that Mass will continue to be celebrated at the scheduled times throughout the territory of the Diocese of Fort Worth, but without a congregation physically present in the church,” Olson wrote Wednesday. 

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Bishops of Peru Offer Sympathy to Those Not Working Due to Coronavirus Emergency

“It is a hard moment that must also be an opportunity to offer our sympathy and face together as a family … this disease that knows neither skin color nor limits, so we must follow the government provisions as a moral obligation”, says the statement from the Peruvian Episcopal Conference (CEP) sent to Fides News Agency, which concerns the Coronavirus emergency (Covid-19) in this country.

Cardinal Pedro Barreto, in a speech on national television yesterday, invited the population to remain calm in the face of the state of emergency decreed by the government, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus (covid-19). A certain “amazement” on behalf of many citizens is normal because it is an unprecedented decision in our history, but at the same time, it is an “understandable” measure. “The important thing is that together we will move forward, the important thing is to remain calm, I am the first to pay attention to this decision and we must respect it”, he said. Likewise, he said that this measure affects a vast sector of people, of those who work “day by day” with the intention of bringing bread home. “I have seen people cry for not knowing what to do because some are day laborers, but I ask to keep calm and offer sympathy”, he added.

The Peruvian population is experiencing moments of fear and bewilderment, following the measures taken to stay at home and not work in squares, markets, places open to the general public. The economy of the middle class and the majority of the population in the cities of the country live with the work done per day, so there is the risk of having nothing at the end of the day.

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ASK FATHER: If a priest keeps hearing confessions, contracts Coronovirus and dies, is he a martyr?

From a reader…


Father, if a priest catches China Flu while hearing confession and dies of it, is he not a martyr? Why the fuss; mask up, disinfect, wash hands, hear confession. If my priest believes what the Church teaches, he will hear my confession. If he reads up on the subject, he would know that social distancing does not work as effectively as a pair of gloves, soap and water, and a spray bottle of disinfectant.

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