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Young Catholics split on their faith's future

Progressives, traditionalists favor different directions for new pope

7:07 AM, Mar. 4, 2013
A Mass of Thanksgiving was held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Green Bay to honor Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, the final day of his papacy.
A Mass of Thanksgiving was held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Green Bay to honor Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, the final day of his papacy.
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As young Catholics anticipate the selection of their new pope, traditionalists and progressives are deeply divided over the qualities they hope for in the man who will lead the world's largest church.

That split is evident in a recent Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Catholics completed soon after Pope Benedict XVI announced he would retire Feb. 28, marking the first papal resignation in almost 600 years.

The division over the church's future is made plain in the survey that shows 46 percent of U.S. Catholics say the next pope should move the church in new directions while 51 percent say the ...

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