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Spain: A question of faith

One of the bulwarks of the Catholic Church in Europe, Spain has carried out numerous reforms in recent years - legalizing same-sex marriage, easing the divorce process, and liberalizing abortion access.

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When Pope Benedict XVI chastised Spain for these reforms during his visit to the country, many Catholics there found themselves drawn into a conflict between contemporary mores and the will of the Vatican. How have Spanish Catholics come to terms with this dilemma, and what are their expectations for the next pope?