TF > It would be very easy for him to cave in to American catholics who are mostly pro-abortion and pro-birth control. He hasn't done it,which has cost the church a lot of parishoners.<<<

Why do you single out "American" catholics ?

European Catholics also have abortions and use birth control devices in rates similar to American catholics. Abortion is legal in Italy.

Where availible, many S.American Catholics use birth control devices, and abortion is common in many S.American nations.

The Vatican claims to speak for a lot of people who in fact reject what the pope says, especially about birth control device and abortion rights.

WBW, John