Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among Catholics by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among Catholics by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of Catholics who say…

Interpreting scriptureThere are clear standards for what is right and wrongRight or wrong depends on the situationNeither/both equallyDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally31%65%1%2%1,545
Word of God; not everything taken literally35%63%1%< 1%2,774
Word of God; other/don't know30%59%5%7%205
Not the word of God23%75%1%1%2,068
Other/don't know26%68%4%2%610
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