According to polls (H/T), Catholics are more supportive of gay rights than the general public:

• Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or
allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal
recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.
• Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against
discrimination in the workplace; 63% of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian people to serve
openly in the military; and 6-in-10 (60%) Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt
• Less than 4-in-10 Catholics give their own church top marks (a grade of an A or a B) on its handing
of the issue of homosexuality; majorities of members of most other religious groups give their
churches high marks.
• A majority of Catholics (56%) believe that sexual relations between two adults of the same gender is
not a sin.

<Snark> Perhaps this data came about because Catholics are more likely than the general public to know a gay man: their local priest. </Snark>

In all seriousness, this is probably further confirmation that Catholics look to their own consciences rather than to the teaching of their church when deciding what’s right and wrong.  In other words, they’re effectively Protestant.

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7 thoughts on “Hmm

  1. math_geek

    I always wish they would do polls of self-defined Catholics vs. Catholics meeting some reasonable definition of practicing Catholic (Have you gone to mass in 3 of the past 4 Sundays might not be a bad start)

  2. FormerSwingVoter

    My personal experience with Catholics has been that they automatically presume that their personal opinions match the teachings of the Church. Many American Catholics are hostile to evolution, for instance, despite it being accepted as true by the Church and taught in Catholic schools.

  3. math_geek

    FSV, I have never met a Catholic who did not believe that evolution was by far the most likely explanation for the origin of mankind, and I’ve met quite a lot of them. I will say, however, that the Catholic church does not officially hold evolution to be true, not because it disbelieves it, but because it does not perceive it as it’s job to wade into scientific theories like that.

    At least, not anymore.

  4. FormerSwingVoter

    I’ve met plenty of Catholics myself, and most are pretty reasonable on the subject. My point is just that the few I’ve met who do believe that evolution is a myth are certain that the Church is in agreement with them.

    It seems that, on a variety of subjects, people assume that their faith supports whatever it is they wanted to support anyway.

  5. Apollo

    Less than 4-in-10 Catholics give their own church top marks (a grade of an A or a B) on its handing
    of the issue of homosexuality; majorities of members of most other religious groups give their
    churches high marks.

    It’s been my observation that most protestants seem willing to pick out a church that suits them, whereas Catholics seem much more likely to stay in the Roman church if they were brought up in it. This finding is some support for my observation – people going to a church with which they disagree on a somewhat important issue.

    Personally, I’m a Presbyterian and I find the leadership of the Presbyterian church to be far too liberal, but so far as the church’s core tenents go I don’t really disagree with anything, and I can’t imagine going to a church with which I had such a disagreement.

    In other words, they’re effectively Protestant.

    American culture, being anti-authoritarian and individualist, is much more protestant than Catholic. Honestly I’m surprised when I find an American Catholic who actually does submit to the church’s teachings.

  6. Rocco

    An atheist who attended Catholic schools all of the way through my bachelor’s degree, we were taught evolution in the science and biology classes. I would be surprised that there was any significant number of Catholics who disagreed with evolution from a scientific point of view.

    On the topic at hand, I was always very aware of the difference between the Sacrament of Marriage and the Marriage License required by the state to be legally wed. I wonder if the Catholics are more quickly able to make a distinction between a certain type of legal contract and a religious sacrament.

  7. Tom

    There is no official Catholic teaching on evolution, per se (interestingly, the Catechism has no entry on the subject). Catholic theology only requires that one believe that human existence is in some fashion contingent on God and that He has a covenantial relationship with us that began with Adam and continues through Christ. As such, a good Catholic can be a Young Earth Creationist, an IDer, or believe in Theistic Evolution.

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