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New Poll Points to Crisis of Faith

From Catholic Culture

A new survey of Catholics, conducted by the Spanish-language Univision network, has shown sharp differences among self-identified Catholics, and widespread dissent from Church teachings.

The poll showed that Catholics in developing countries were more likely than their European and American counterparts to accept Church teachings on controversial issues such as homosexuality and contraception. The poll found, for example, that 99% of African respondents oppose same-sex marriage, while in the US only 40% do. Only 30% of the Catholics in Europe accept the Church teaching that women cannot be ordained to the priesthood, while in Africa 80% accept it.

The Univision survey shows that 78% of Catholics worldwide disagree with the Church teaching against contraception, and 65% believe that abortion should be allowed in some circumstances. However, 66% oppose same-sex marriage. On each of these issues, Catholics in Africa and Latin America are more likely to support the Church stand than those in Europe and the US.