by David Nussman  •  •  September 14, 2018

New CNN poll shows Americans’ esteem for Francis taking a nosedive

DETROIT ( – Americans’ esteem for the Holy Father has declined dramatically, and it appears to be due to his bad track record on sex abuse allegations.

According to a recent CNN poll, only 48 percent of Americans and 63 percent of Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Francis.

In January 2017, the Pope’s favorability among Americans was at 66 percent, and his favorability among U.S. Catholics was 83 percent.

This means that in the past year and a half, the Pope’s favorability has dropped 18 percentage points among Americans and 20 percentage points among U.S. Catholics.

The Pope has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks for his non-response to the bombshell testimony of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States.  Archbishop Viganò claims that Pope Francis knowingly lifted sanctions on homosexual predator ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that were imposed by Benedict XVI.

When journalists asked Francis for his response to Viganò’s claims, he dodged the question, saying on Aug. 26, “Read the statement carefully and make your own judgment. I will not say a single word on this.”

In a statement on Aug. 28, Bp. Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois said of the Pope’s comments, “Frankly, but with all due respect, that response is not adequate.”

In the weeks since then, the Pope has given several homilies which seem to imply that the faithful should not criticize bishops or try to hold them accountable. In one instance, he claimed that Satan himself “tries to uncover the sins [of bishops], so they are visible in order to scandalize the people.”

The Pope also has a bad record on dealing with abusive priests back when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. For instance, then-Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio tried to protect sex abuser Fr. Julio César Grassi, who was convicted of pedophilia in 2009.

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  1. There should not be even 63% of Catholics that support Francis. I often wonder what gullible airheads the average Catholic can be, even contributing nice amounts of money without any discerning thought about how the money is used or what behaviour or immorality financial or sexual is going on.

  2. Michael Voris’ favorability among traddies reaches all-time high
    By Polly Anna Smirkz

    Voris (right) takes questions with his “non-OD” handler, E. Michael Jones

    Former papolater Michael Voris has switched gears of late and hopped aboard the Viganò train. Consequently, hits to his Church Militant website have gone through the roof.

    When asked about the change, Mikey replied, “Have you ever tried Life cereal? I mean, like, my hair was getting limp, but this Viganò thing is like when I tried Life cereal all those years ago.”

    What became of the overriding principle of never never criticizing or questioning the pope? “Oh, that,” he replied, “That was a general principle that, under ideal circumstances, should be applied. My spiritual advisor, Fr. Josemaria Opus Contra Mundum, put me on the new path. Not only do I have the holy way of criticizing the pope now, but building it on my new popularity allows me to actually steer the trad media spin in a favorable direction.”

    Asked about his collaboration with Geraldo Rivera to find bigfoot and the 300-page Dossier, Voris lit up. “This has got to be the most amazing discovery since the alien corpses in Area 51.”

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