His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, authored a document that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.
David Clohessy, a clergy abuse survivor, claims the Vatican has violated a treaty pledge to protect the rights of children.
Lara Traina at Catholic Supply in south St. Louis said they are taking tons of pre-orders for items that are on their way.
“The common link among these three men is their courage,” clergy abuse survivor Barbara Dorris said.
“Maybe a Pope who is a little bit younger, I think would be a great fit,” St. Louisan John Walter said.
At a pivotal national meeting, members of the largest group for American nuns have been weighing whether they should accept or challenge a Vatican order to reform.
Journalist Greg Burke picked for high-ranking Roman Catholic communications job.
Hundreds of family, friends are in Vatican City for Saturday’s ceremony.