Am I a bad Catholic if I don't agree with everything the pope says?

Am I a bad Catholic if I don't agree with everything the pope says?

In Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. he has spoken on many topics from helping the homelessness to supporting immigrants and against climate change.

I agree with his stance on these issues.

He reminds us that Jesus was homeless and how most Americans have immigrant roots. He compels us to take care of our planet. He tells us to care for the most vulnerable among us. He asks us to welcome the stranger.

But when the Pope speaks about marriage and abortion, I cringe.

I'm pro-choice and for equal rights to marriage for all people. I also think women should be allowed to be priests.

I also question why he canonized Junipero Serra. His sainthood was protested by some Native Americans who said that their people died and were mistreated due to colonization promoted by Serra.

Does that make me a bad Catholic?

Maybe I already am.

I'm divorced and remarried.

But neither marriage was in the Catholic Church. I didn't want to marry in an institution that I felt had caused so much harm to people, including the sexual abuse of minors.

I went to Catholic elementary school and for me it was not a welcoming place. It was a place of fear and intolerance. I did not feel the love of the nuns, my classmates or God in that cold place.

My painful experience there was not filled with the love of which Pope Francis speaks. So I fell away from the church for many years. I've slowly started coming back because of Pope Francis.

Today I'm like many people who grew up Catholic. I mostly celebrate mass on Christmas and Easter. Or I go to mass when my mother asks me to go with her.

Hearing Pope Francis speak of compassion makes me want to be more than a cultural Catholic.

But I am concerned with how the Catholic Church defines a family as a man and a woman.

I am among the two-thirds of American Catholics who think it is acceptable for same-sex couples to raise children, according to a PEW Research poll. Also 43 percent in that poll said a gay or lesbian couple with children is just as good as any other kind of family.

A Univision poll of Catholics found that 59 percent of U.S. Catholics think women should be allowed to become priests.

The Univision poll also found 66 percent of U.S. Catholics believe abortion should be allowed in some cases, such as when the life of the mother is in danger. Only 10 percent of U.S. Catholics believe it should be allowed in all cases.

Also the 2014 poll found that 89 percent of U.S. Catholics think the pope is doing an excellent or good job.

Even though I don't agree with the Catholic Church on several issues, Pope Francis gives so much me faith.

It is because he doesn't judge or try to divide us. He famously said about gay people, "Who am I to judge?"

He invites us to engage in dialogue, to love one another and to care for the planet and each other. He speaks to people of all faiths. He even asks those who don't believe in any religion to please wish him well.

He inspires this Catholic girl to believe again.

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