What kind of new pope would America's Catholics like to see?
Craig Rivera investigates
- Duration 4:56
- Date Mar 3, 2013
Craig Rivera investigates
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So what kind of new Pope would America's Catholics like to see Craig is a couple blocks away from here at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
In New York with the results this important new survey is -- But Pope Benedict the sixteenth stepped down on February 28 he became the first Pope.
-- 600 years to abdicate.
Now many people are asking will -- be other changes the Catholic Church.
The church wrecked by scandal and millions shocked by the -- sudden resignation.
Nearly half of the American Catholics surveyed want change.
He's taken away.
The idea that somehow the pay to see is and -- -- logical stage -- the sticker price of the direct line to god.
And he said no you can step away from it.
Following Pope Benedict historic action a -- -- -- research finds that while 51% of US Catholics want the next Pope to maintain traditional positions.
An all time high -- reform.
He's taken that tradition you know that's been going on first 600 years it says that.
You know -- -- -- died amateur so much of its about a game changer as it is to continuing to have a modern approach to how we transmit the faith the faith is the same it's constant it's what.
Makes us Catholic father brought -- grant from the diocese of Brooklyn hosts the Catholic guys show -- series radio.
There were Catholic itself means universal it's been handed down for now almost 2000 years so.
I'm also which is -- game changer summer's gonna continue to -- modern approach to how we bring the faith to a modern world.
Jamie Mason with women's ordination council believes a new Pope should consider bringing women into the priesthood until you want to break.
-- -- Glass ceiling first our notion of god is expanding as we grow I think a lot of Catholics is saying.
What kid got -- women why can't got pulled married people like you got called gays and lesbians hard -- -- -- that Cheney is still ahead of the curve compared to most Catholics surveyed.
While they want reform according to the poll just 19% want the church to modernize 15% believe the church must get tougher on sex abuse.
One in seven say priest should be allowed to marry.
While just 9% about one in ten want women eligible for the priesthood.
They're facing barriers that.
I put up by the church up like god what about that farther -- we're trying to narrow it down to say that god calls everyone to everything no.
God calls us all to one thing and that's to holiness and to try to get a little close to him and eventually of course to get to heaven.
But he doesn't calls all the do that in the same way so where's I'm called the priest I'm not -- being married and I'm not -- to be the same thing and there -- different pants to do that all.
-- most Catholics to reject the idea of ending celibacy 58% of those surveyed said they would have no problem with priests marrying.
If and only -- the new Pope decides to take the church in that direction but -- -- -- director of youth adult outreach for the Archdiocese of New York rejects the idea.
If -- become a priest.
I married the church and in a very real way -- as -- as my bride.
And might -- my main priority would be -- would that be the parishioners and the people in the -- and so I become made.
It's a woman that might -- priority would be much -- I think to be very difficult.
See you have to -- Spent Pope Benedict flew off to retirement he left the church in crisis the set by scandal.
Internal divisions and increased competition from other states still a billion strong most Catholics are convinced the church will rally.
Those obvious he's very serious issues particularly here in the United States we've seen the effects of the sex abuse crisis and we have to be vigilant -- -- the protection of children and how we deal with priests who have done criminal acts but I don't think that.
If if we're trying to narrow it down to -- cool the next -- be and how they change that I think it comes down to a much more local level.
When confronted by his own failing health reform minded Pope John Paul the second -- refused to step down.
Saying Jesus did not come down from across.
Now many Catholics see the monumental fact the Pope Benedict the sixteenths resignation.
At the game teacher.
Is that why you're going to -- -- organization.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah I think that's what the women's ordination conference will be doing that I think what the mission is -- -- promote awareness.
Of women and that got -- women and that god is not somehow rendered powerless by anatomy.
-- -- a billion Catholics around the world say goodbye to Pope Benedict the sixteenth.
That news survey shows that American Catholics still hold them in the highest regard.
And -- many are openly rooting for New York's cardinal Timothy Dolan.
The archbishop here at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
Most are willing to follow whoever the next man -- to sit on the throne of saint Peter even -- the new Pope comes from the developing world.
And even if he's open to a lying -- to get married.