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Bishop Kicanas weighs in on what Catholics want in next pope

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new national survey by Pew Research Center shows Catholics are divided on what they want in their next pope.

About half of Catholics want to keep things traditional while others are hoping for a change in direction.

"There are a number of controversial issues that the new pope will have to face," said Bishop Gerald Kicanas.

The new survey names a few things Catholics say they want changed. They want the church to become more modern, get tougher on sex abuse scandals and allow priests to marry.

"It's really important that the church speaks to the need of the time," said Bishop Kicanas.

Pope Benedict XVI seemed to be in touch with the current time, known for his tweets and Youtube channel. He shocked the world earlier this month when he announced his resignation.

We asked Catholics in Tucson if they agreed with the survey results and what they'd like to see in the next pope.

"I'd like to see our pope more diverse, maybe someone from Africa, or not from Italy or the traditional areas," said one Catholic.

"I'd like to see them clean up as far as the scandals."

Bishop Kicanas admits, sex scandals need more attention. "This is an outrageous act of course," said Kicanas. "Something that is considered by the church a crime and sin."

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