Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I had expected this moment to be coming but didn't think it would arrive so soon. The following item is taken from the invaluable Joe.My.God, the blog of Joe Jervis in New York City. I have seen a slow movement, accelerating in the last couple of decades, of American Catholics away from the "shut up and obey" philosophy of the Church. As one subjected to 12 years of a very strict Catholic education, I "know where the bodies are buried" according to the old saying, and consider this decline a healthy thing. I believe there is eventually going to be a split either within the Catholic Church in America, or possibly even between the American Catholic Church and Rome. In any event, the results of this poll show a significant shift by American Catholics away from blind allegiance to healthy, independent thought:
POLL: Majority Of Lay Catholics Support LGBT Rights And Same-Sex Marriage
In what may come as a shocker to the Vatican and Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a just-released poll shows that a slim majority of America's lay Catholics now support same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.
Overall, the survey found 53 percent of Catholics supported the idea of same-sex marriage, while the general public is evenly divided on the issue. Fifty-six percent of Catholics did not believe sexual relations between two adults of the same gender constituted a sin, compared to 46 percent of the general population. Sixty percent of Catholics favored adoption rights for same-sex couples, 49 percent think gays should be allowed to be ordained as clergy, and 73 percent believe they should have legal protections in the workplace – all higher percentages than found in the general population. There was a powerful generation gap found in the survey, with Catholics under 35 much more liberal than those 65 and older. The influx of Hispanic Catholics into the U.S. church in recent years did not skew the results, as the young newcomers were divided between liberal and conservative views of homosexuality. American Catholics also tended to be more liberal than evangelical and mainline Protestants, the researchers said.
The conclusions fit with a strong pattern of liberalism among Catholics that stands in opposition to the church hierarchy, said Michele Dillon, a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire asked by researchers to comment. There has been a gulf on social issues between church teachings and the American laity since the mid-1970s on subjects such as abortion, divorce without an annulment, premarital sex and artificial contraception. “Catholics make up their own minds about these moral issues irrespective – or almost in spite of – what the bishops and official church teachings say,” Dillon said.
Catholics tend not to like or even may resent having politics in church, Dillon said. The survey found about one-quarter of church-going Catholics reported hearing about homosexuality in church – a much lower proportion than in Protestant churches. Two-thirds of the messages about homosexuality in church were negative.
Dillon said the poll is unlikely to sway the church hierarchy.But we could have all predicted that one, couldn't we?
Smørrebrød (approximately, SHMORbrul with the second r way back in the throat) literally means butterbread in Danish but is actually the name for the famous open-faced sandwiches that feature prominently in Danish dining and entertaining. Fritz was going through a carton of books a couple of weeks ago and came across a multi-fold Plumrose advertising piece that lists and illustrates the different varieties of smørrebrød.
smørrebrød!" Then they break up and hug because she knows he's done it just to kid her. The numbered illustrations below key to the descriptions above.
Hopefully that poll will help to get people in the media to be more skeptical of conservatives who claim to have the Catholic vote in the bag...yes, people who identify as Catholic may vote for a Republican for any number of reasons, but this goes to show it isn't out of some overwhelming affinity for the conservative social agenda.