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New poll confirms widespread dissent from Church moral teachings among US Catholics

Dissent from Church teachings on contentious moral issues is widespread among Catholic Americans, a new Pew Research survey has confirmed.

A majority of Catholics believe that the use of contraceptives, extra-marital sex, and remarriage after divorce are not sinful, according to the poll. More than a third of American Catholics (39%) do not believe that homosexual acts are sinful.

The Pew poll found that substantial minorities of self-identified Catholics think it is acceptable for children to be raised by unmarried couples (48%) or by same-sex couples (43%). A large majority (79%) think it acceptable for married couples to choose not to have children.

Not surprisingly, the Pew survey found that Catholics who attend Mass regularly are more likely to support the teachings of the Church. However, even among churchgoing Catholics there is substantial support for positions opposed to Church moral teachings. The Pew poll also provides new evidence that American Catholics are leaving the Church in large numbers. More than half of all Americans who were raised as Catholics have stopped practicing the faith at some point in their lives, the survey shows. Among those who say they have broken permanently with the Catholic Church, 77% report that they cannot imagine returning.









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  1. Franklin P. Uroda Reply

    1st ex-Roman Catholic to 2nd ex-Roman Catholic: “Man it’s great not having to do all that Roman Catholic stuff my parents had me do. We’re free. Say, man, what are you going to do now for religion? My wife and kids are setting up to join that TV preacher down in Houston. Why don’t you come with us, that church is fantastic, have you seen how full the arena is every week?” 2nd ex-Roman Catholic to 1st ex-Roman Catholic: “Hey guy, I lost my faith, not my mind.”

  2. Samuel Reply

    whoever want to leave catholic is free to go but what I know and the world is aware of is the fact that people will come back to catholism . The catholic faith is not a supermarket church where u make choice of what u want to part with its an inclination built on the true body and blood of christ as the onle product u will part with .
    If catholic endorses sins like homosexuality , contraceptives arbortion and divorce and allow such to par take the body of christ , soon they will also say 10 commandments must be amended. I believe catholism is very important beacuse its the primary face that Christ will be pleased to see the day He will come back .Remember other faiths change in values depending on the designs around the world they are called lost generation churches who onle find christ in a miracle told by som1 . It will be a very big shame to christ to see His own vicar endorse believ which are shared by churches founded by splinter grps . The church has now seen for herself why depending on the words of goverenemnt is distractive look at middle east , look at nuclear arsenal r those God ‘s children . I believe catholic church should be strong and rely on her doctrine because dats this where rtue peace and love of God exists

  3. Michael W Reply

    The world might be changing, but the Church must stand all its teaching. One thing good about the Church. Things are not done in a democratic process. It is not like people will be voting to change a doctrine to another.

    As in Matthew 16:13-20 “Peter’s Confession of Christ”

    (Democratic Process = Asking People who is Jesus. And all they got it wrong. Basically, Protestantism)
    13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, [a]Elijah; but still others, [b]Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

    (Aristocratic Process = Asking his closer circles who is Jesus. And they got no answer. Basically, Eastern Orthodoxy who pushes Pentarchy)
    15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

    (Theocracy = Appointing one leader of his Church. Catholicism who says Peter as the earthly Chief Shepherd, owner of the Keys, and physical head of the earthly Kingdom)
    16 Simon Peter answered, “You are [c]the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon [d]Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are [e]Peter, and upon this [f]rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth [g]shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth [h]shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He [i]warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was [j]the Christ.

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