In case you haven't already noticed, I write a lot about the Catholic Church. The reason for this is twofold: first, because the hierarchy of that church -- yes, even Pope Francis -- is one of the world's foremost opponents of LGBT rights, and second, because the opposition of Catholic leaders to issues like marriage equality is wildly out of step with the people in the pews, who support it at an even higher rate than the general public.
Poll after poll confirms this, and the latest to do so is a Quinnipiac University survey released last Friday which found that American Catholics support marriage equality by a 60%-31% margin. That same survey found that the American public at large endorses equal marriage 56%-36%.
Catholic Culture reports:
A majority of Catholics in the United States who attend Mass weekly support same-sex marriage and the ordination of women to the priesthood, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released October 4.
The survey found that 56% of Americans, 53% of Catholics who attend Mass weekly, and 65% of Catholics who attend Mass less frequently would support "a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married." Support was stronger among Catholics of ages 18-49 (64%) than ages 50-64 (62%) or 65+ (46%).
According to the survey, 72% of Catholic women back same-sex marriage, while 49% of Catholic men do.
The survey also found that American Catholics disagree with their leaders on women's ordination (which 52% of weekly Mass attendees and 66% of less-frequent attendees support) and abortion rights (which 64% of less-than-weekly attendees support).
Only about one in four American Catholics attend Mass every week.
So the next time you hear Pope Francis, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, or some other Catholic leader advocating marriage discrimination or outlawing abortion, remember that he's speaking for his out-of-touch colleagues in the hierarchy -- not for the majority of Catholics.