39% of Americans expect Vatican to accept homosexuality within 30 years

In his new statement “On Love In The Family” Pope Francis calls Catholics to be more merciful and understanding of abortion, homosexuality and divorce. When polled, 39% of Americans believe that the Vatican may change it’s teaching on Homosexuality within the next 30 years while 50% thought the church would never reverse it’s stance on abortion.

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Why this story matters for Church Leaders:

Homosexuality and abortion have been two of the most politically charged and divisive issues of the century and the Vatican plays a major role in that.

  • Common Question – Thoughts on homosexuality is one of the most common conversations a pastor has with a congregant, knowledge is power.
  • Grace Prevails – Every church leader should speak with their team about how to engage someone who wants to discuss a previous abortion with grace and understanding.
  • Ex-Catholics – If someone has joined your church after being raised in the Catholic faith, you need to have an understanding of the Vatican’s current stance and the weight it carries

How comfortable is your church with engaging these hot-topic issues?

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