Pope Francis may be luring some lapsed Catholics back to the church
One in 10 adults in the United States is a lapsed Catholic, according to a 2009 report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. But that number may soon change, some faith leaders suggest. Pope Francis shares with his predecessor a deeply conservative view of abortion, gay rights, birth control and the role of women in the church (the most common reasons cited for leaving the church), but some lapsed believers say his "human touch" has brought them back to the pew.
As Father Peter Mussett, pastor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told Tracy Connor at NBC News: "I had five people in a week who were saying, 'Pope Francis has inspired me to return to my faith. It's pretty remarkable."