June 7, 2012

Small Percentage of Catholics Say Contraceptive Use Morally Wrong

15%

Few U.S. Catholics regard the use of contraceptives as morally wrong, even though the use of contraception is forbidden by church doctrine.

Although the use of contraception is forbidden by Catholic Church doctrine, just 15% of U.S. Catholics say that using contraceptives is morally wrong. Another 41% say it is morally acceptable and 36% say it is not a moral issue. Among Catholics who attend church weekly, 27% say contraception is morally wrong. Looking at the public as a whole, just 8% say contraceptive use is morally wrong.
By comparison, 55% of Catholics (and 68% of those who attend Mass weekly) regard having an abortion as morally wrong. Among the public overall, 48% regard having an abortion as morally wrong.
Another practice forbidden by church doctrine – getting a divorce – is regarded as morally wrong by only 19% of Catholics. Read More