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New pope must deal with divided church in United States

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Most U.S. Catholics surveyed, 54 percent, also support gay marriage, compared to 47 percent of all Americans, according to a University poll released this month.

Some U.S. Catholics see the traditionalism of the Church as a source of strength.

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"We live in a culture that’s ailing," said Terry Sullivan, 57, a parishioner at St. John Cantius in Chicago, which has regular Latin Masses. "The Church is here to heal it, not to accommodate the disease."

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