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El Pasoans react to Pope Fancis "Modern Family" Survey

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Pope Francis is heating things up in the Catholic Church with a new survey on "modern family" issues

The questionnaire will be handed out to all parishes in the world and will touch on different social issues including same-sex marriage, divorce, cohabitation of unwed couples, and contraception.

In the past, the Vatican had turned to bishops when determining policies within the church.

However, this time the pope is turning to ordinary Catholics for answers.

A few of the questions on the survey include:

"What pastoral attention can be given to people who live in these types of [same-sex] unions?"

"Do [the divorced and remarried] feel marginalized or suffer from the impossibility of receiving the sacraments?"

"I think that everybody has freedom of speech and whatever they think, whatever they say, whatever they want to do is fine," said Yolanda Gonzalez, a member of the Catholic church from Central El Paso.

Gonzalez thinks the survey is a good thing for the Catholic Church. She thinks tweaking some policies could be the best thing for everyone.

"It would be wonderful because I think it would be a better world," Gonzalez said. "We'd live in peace and in love."

However, other believers aren't so sure.

"I'm hoping that the church won't lose any authority or any confidence in what they have already implemented," said Brian Valenzuela, who has been with the Catholic Church all his life. "I'm afraid if it happens, it would actually debilitate the church."

The survey has already been handed to some churches in Europe.

No word on when the questionnaire will be handed out in the U.S.

 

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