JS: Milwaukee Archdiocese survey finds diverging views among area Catholics
The majority of Catholics responding to a survey by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee do not accept church teachings that ban artificial contraception or prohibit divorced and remarried members from receiving the sacraments.Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/religion/milwaukee-archdiocese-survey-questions-church-on-family-issues-b99258971z1-257418241.html#ixzz30ZzNq76g
They believe the church should permit same-sex unions. [I couldn't find anything in the survey to back this claim, I may be missing something?] And they do not consider the church as the moral authority on issues related to the family. [assuming this means contraception]
Those are among the findings of a first-of-its-kind survey of area Catholics solicited by Pope Francis and posted last month on the archdiocese's website.
The results of the survey, conducted at Francis' behest by dioceses around the world, will provide the context for an extraordinary synod on marriage and the family planned by the Vatican for October.
The 1,300 respondents represent just a fraction of the 10-county archdiocese's reported 600,000 members. And the results aren't particularly surprising: They're in sync with those in other U.S. dioceses that have made theirs public, and research has long suggested that Catholics mirror the broader society on many social issues.
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Results are posted here:
Like she says, not particularly surprising, and a low number of participants(not to mention a rather low percentage of young participants).
"understand the Church teaching"
- Over 64% say they understand the Church teaching on regulation of birth
- Less that 10% recognize any of the listed methods of natural family planning
They gay marriage stuff can be summed up as follows:
- Over 73% say people do not understand the meaning of “natural law”
I think what would be more interesting is to survey all the priests of the Archdiocese to get their responses.