Although many Hispanics are shifting from their Catholicism and their religious identity, Catholics have express very positive views of some aspects of their church.
Catholics share in a recent survey how much they liked the pope, the typical catholic mass and how the church is welcoming new immigrants with open arms.
- For example, more than eight-in-ten say their opinion of Pope Francis is either very favorable (45%) or mostly favorable (38%).
- Nearly two-thirds (64%) say they consider the typical Catholic Mass to be lively and exciting.
- About six-in-ten Hispanic Catholics (62%) consider the Catholic Church to be very welcoming to new immigrants.
- An additional three-in-ten (29%) say it is somewhat welcoming; just 5% say it is not too welcoming or not at all welcoming to immigrants.
Foreign-born and U.S.-born Catholics are about equally likely to see the Catholic Church as welcoming toward immigrants.
But what about the sex scandals in the Catholic church?
Recently there has been an ongoing controversy about the sex scandals in the Catholic church and Latino Catholics have strong consensus among them that more action is needed to address the clergy sex abuse scandal.
The AP reported that The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.
About three-quarters of the current Catholics surveyed say the church needs to do a lot more (74%) to address the scandal; just 4% say the church does not need to do anything more to address the sex abuse issue.