The Catholic Church has been grappling with its image in the past few years.
The Church, founded in 1515, is now considered one of the most powerful and influential religions in the world, and is now known for its teachings on family, morality, chastity, chastum, and the use of condoms.
The Vatican’s recent landmark decision to allow its priests to administer Communion to those who are sexually active has come as a shock to many, but many believe that the Church’s emphasis on family is an attempt to soften the image of its religious culture and make it less controversial.
The Church has often been accused of encouraging and condoning promiscuity in its priests, and in a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 71 percent of Americans believed that priests should be allowed to have casual sex, including 62 percent of Catholics.
While Pope Francis has not publicly weighed in on the issue, he has been a staunch supporter of family values and marriage in general.
Last year, he signed a decree granting married same-sex couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples in the Church.
The Pope also recently said that he has not personally asked his own family to vote for him, and he has yet to formally endorse a presidential candidate.
He has also recently publicly said that while he does not support same-gender marriage, he does believe that gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry.
The Catholic Church is not the only church to have a soft spot for the family.
While many Catholics do not consider themselves a traditional Christian, the Church has always maintained a strong and powerful role in their lives.
In his 2013 book, The Church in the Ghetto, author Robert A. Putnam explains that the church has a long history of helping the marginalized and the marginalized in order to preserve and protect their culture.
“There is an understanding that the community and the church should always be at the forefront of defending the dignity of all people, and that the Catholic community, in particular, should be a vehicle for the advancement of social justice, as a tool for human liberation and for social inclusion,” Putnam writes.
The church has also been able to provide a safe space for women in many of its institutions, and Pope Francis’s recent efforts to help refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Central Asia have shown that the organization is working to help the world’s most vulnerable.
But while the Church may have a strong image, it has a much harder time changing attitudes.
The Church has traditionally focused on preaching the good news of the Gospel to the world through a unified body of followers, but that has changed.
In the last two decades, many countries have moved away from a Catholic-centered church and instead have begun to integrate their faith with secular life, creating a space for more secular organizations to emerge.
While many Catholics are open to more diversity, they also believe that diversity is necessary for the survival of the Church, according to a Pew Research survey.
“It’s not just that the Pope is going to say, ‘No, no, no,’ but that the rest of the world will listen to us,” said Michael F. Pomerantz, a professor of sociology at Boston College and the author of the book, Church, Democracy, and Culture.
Pomerantz also noted that the rise of secularism has made many in the Catholic Church wary of any kind of participation in politics.
He explained that many Catholics would rather see the Church as an institution of the State rather than an institution that represents the interests of people.
The lack of political participation by the Catholic clergy has been one of many problems plaguing the Church in recent years, said Putnam.
“There has been an increasing number of cases of the clergy not being heard, not being understood, and not being able to be heard in any way, in many cases by their own bishops and priests,” Putman said.
The growing popularity of political parties and movements that have been more concerned with social justice and equality than with protecting religious values has also contributed to the growing perception of the Catholic church as a source of cultural and political marginalization, Pomeranz said.
Many of these groups also have a vested interest in making the Church look more “conservative,” which in turn leads them to believe that their position on the Church is stronger, said Pomerant.
For the first time in recent history, Catholics are not only being more likely to vote, but are also increasingly voting for parties that are more socially conservative, such as the Green Party, which recently gained the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As a result, the Pope has taken steps to combat the image the Catholic hierarchy has of itself.
In 2012, he created the Committee for the Common Good, which will work to make the Church more socially tolerant, more welcoming of diverse groups, and more welcoming to the LGBT community.