There is an abundance of research evidence to show that US Catholics reject Vatican doctrines on almost all elements of sexual doctrines, from contraception through masturbation and cohabitation, to gay marriage. Conservative Catholics often respond to this evidence with the claim that outside North America and Europe, things are different. From a global perspective, they claim, most Catholics support church teaching. Findings of a new global survey show they are wrong.
Pope Francis faces church divided over doctrine, global poll of Catholics finds
Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large new poll released Sunday and commissioned by the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision.
On the topic of gay marriage, two-thirds of Catholics polled agree with church leaders.
Overall, however, the poll of more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries reveals a church dramatically divided: Between the developing world in Africa and Asia, which hews closely to doctrine on these issues, and Western countries in Europe, North America and parts of Latin America, which strongly support practices that the church teaches are immoral.
The widespread disagreement with Catholic doctrine on abortion and contraception and the hemispheric chasm lay bare the challenge for Pope Francis’s year-old papacy and the unity it has engendered.
- Catholics around the world more liberal than the Vatican (prayingforoneday.wordpress.com)
- What do liberal Catholics want? (theweek.com)
- Vatican surveys find Catholics reject sex rules (sfgate.com)
- Vatican Surveys Find Catholics Reject Teachings On Sex, Contraception (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Swiss Catholics Reject Sexual Doctrines (news.queerchurch.com)
- Global poll of Catholics shows more liberal views than traditionally held (al.com)
- “Real” US Catholics Love Pope Francis – and Support Gay Marriage. (queeringthechurch.com)