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Catholic support marriage equality by larger margin than the rest of America

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Friday, March 8, 2013 8:50 EDT
A Catholic churchgoer holds a cross and rosary beads in Ireland in 2010. (AFP Photo)
 

US Catholics support gay marriage by a larger margin than ordinary Americans despite Church teachings that forbid it, a new poll out Friday has found.

The Quinnipiac University poll found 54 percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage while just 38 percent are opposed, compared to a 47-43 percent margin among all American voters.

Both margins represent a reversal from the 36-55 percent opposition among all voters the group found as recently as July 2008.

“Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling institute.

US Catholics are more ambivalent when its comes to the Church, with 52 percent saying it is moving in the right direction, while the same percentage says Church leaders are out of touch with their views.

Fifty-five percent said the next pope should move the Church in a new direction, while 38 percent said he should maintain the Church as it is.

“Looking at all adult Catholics, different from the wider survey of all registered voters, we see a conflicted group,” Brown said.

Those surveyed said priests should be allowed to marry by a margin of 62-30 percent and 64 percent said the next pope should relax rules on contraception, compared to 28 percent who were opposed.

Eighty-one percent of Catholic respondents said the Church should do more to combat child sex abuse by priests.

Quinnipiac surveyed 497 Catholic adults from February 27 to March 4, with a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

The same-sex marriage question was asked of 1,944 registered voters nationwide, with a margin of error of 2.2 percent.


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/08/catholic-support-marriage-equality-by-larger-margin-than-the-rest-of-america/


by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:36 AM
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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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Not surprising many people identify as Catholic, yet are not practicing Catholics.  In surveys of Catholics who attend Mass once a week the percentage goes down, and even further among Catholics who attend Mass more then once a week.  


Fullmoon_Goddes
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM
Christians in general want to be on the fence. They want to be in the world. Priests molesting children, pastors committing adultery and etc. doesn't help reverse the decline of absolute faith among practicing Christians. It doesn't surprise me. In fact, the Bible prophesied all of this.
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM
Ditto

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I know so many Catholics - like, lifelong Catholics.  My whole core group of girlfriends are Catholics that grew up together.  They all support marriage equality.

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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM
The # of times you attend mass a week reveals nothing about faith or spirituality. Lots are still missing the core message.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Not surprising many people identify as Catholic, yet are not practicing Catholics.  In surveys of Catholics who attend Mass once a week the percentage goes down, and even further among Catholics who attend Mass more then once a week.  


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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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The core message is the Eucharist which Catholics can receive daily by attending Mass.

Quoting Sisteract:

The # of times you attend mass a week reveals nothing about faith or spirituality. Lots are still missing the core message.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Not surprising many people identify as Catholic, yet are not practicing Catholics.  In surveys of Catholics who attend Mass once a week the percentage goes down, and even further among Catholics who attend Mass more then once a week.  




..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

They must not be REAL Catholics. 

SRUsarahSC
by Bronze Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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it only surveyed 497 Catholics total??  Pretty weak survey IMO.  My church alone has over 2,000 active members.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM
Do you know how many people are certified by the church to dispense the Eucharist? I could receive daily and never attend mass.

Quoting 12hellokitty:


The core message is the Eucharist which Catholics can receive daily by attending Mass.


Quoting Sisteract:

The # of times you attend mass a week reveals nothing about faith or spirituality. Lots are still missing the core message.



Quoting 12hellokitty:

Not surprising many people identify as Catholic, yet are not practicing Catholics.  In surveys of Catholics who attend Mass once a week the percentage goes down, and even further among Catholics who attend Mass more then once a week.  





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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 8:13 PM

and....

Quoting Sisteract:

Do you know how many people are certified by the church to dispense the Eucharist? I could receive daily and never attend mass.

Quoting 12hellokitty:


The core message is the Eucharist which Catholics can receive daily by attending Mass.


Quoting Sisteract:

The # of times you attend mass a week reveals nothing about faith or spirituality. Lots are still missing the core message.



Quoting 12hellokitty:

Not surprising many people identify as Catholic, yet are not practicing Catholics.  In surveys of Catholics who attend Mass once a week the percentage goes down, and even further among Catholics who attend Mass more then once a week.  







Goodwoman614
by Satan on Mar. 17, 2013 at 12:35 AM

It's a "my Catholic's bigger than your Cathlic war!!"

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