March 14th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Top 5 Papal priorities according to Los Angeles Catholics

By Jim Roope, CNN

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Los Angeles (CNN) - A new Pope means a renewed hope for many Catholics around the world. No one disputes that changes need to come to the Church. But there is dispute over what the new Pontiff should tackle first.

CNN’s Jim Roope surveyed about a hundred Catholics, clergy, lay people, practicing and fallen-away Catholics - men and women in Los Angeles - to compile a papal priority list.

Here’s what they said:

Item five of Pope Francis’s priority list, according to just under half of respondents, should be revisiting and reestablishing the priorities of the second Vatican Council of the 1960s. Vatican II radically changed the Church.

[00:51] “I think we need Vatican III because we have a lot of changes that need to take place," says Laura Sanchez is a third-grade teacher.

Item four on the Papal priority list should be opening up the sacraments to all baptized Catholics. Fifty-one percent of respondents feel this way. That means, priests should be allowed to get married and women should be allowed to become priests and deacons.

[1:22] “I feel that ordaining women. It’s an untapped resource," says Tracey Hodges a married father of two.  "We need to look into their opinions and listen to them."

This brings us to item three on the papal priority list. Fifty-five percent of those answering our survey say reforming the Roman Curia. The Curia, which is Latin for "court," is the governing body of the Church.

[2:21] “My sense of them is that it’s all about power.” says Paul Sullivan,  the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Los Angeles. "They’re insulated. They’re not working in parishes. They’re working on theology and church law which is important but at the same time I think it is sort of a barrier between their pastoral ministry to the people."

Item two: reaching out to fallen-away or lapse Catholics and invite them back into a new, more inclusive Church.

And the number one  priority for Pope Francis, according to our informal survey, is healing; repair the Catholic reputation in the wake of the sex abuse scandals. Many say that could take a whole generation.

And so there it is: what some Los Angeles-based Catholics believe the new leader of their Church should focus on.

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  1. Jacob

    You said Los Angeles Catholics.. You meant leftist "Catholics".

    March 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |