Tuesday, March 31, 2009

American Catholics Say "Screw Rome" On Abortion

If you've read any of my previous posts about religion in general and Roman Catholicism in particular, then you'll know I'm no big fan of that particular faith. You'll note I typically use the somewhat pejorative term, "Roman Catholic" as opposed to just Catholic. There's a reason for that, Catholic simply means universal and it can apply to many Christian churches...including the United Church of Canada in which I was confirmed. My certificate of baptism in fact says that I was baptized into the Catholic church.

I can't stand Rome and her authoritarian ways...trying to put herself between mankind and the divine. The RC stance on birth control and abortion is a joke, actually their entire history on the issue of sexuality is just flat out wrong. So it was with great joy that I read about the attitudes of American Roman Catholics vis a vis their views on abortion as well as other moral issues.

Here's the data:

Roman Catholics are lock step with the rest of the U.S. population, with 40% viewing abortion as morally acceptable as compared to 41% of non-RCs. And when it comes to other moral questions, they're even more liberal than non-RC citizens on issues like premarital sex, divorce, children outside of marriage, gambling and homosexuality.

I don't need the last rites to go to heavan, reading these polling results...I'm already there. Church affinity is simply a matter of tradition and culture for a lot of people, so the Priest can stand at the pulpit and spout whatever garbage he wants...its obvious that the many of the people sitting in the pews aren't listening. Church hymns can be soothing and nice, good music to sleep to.

Of course LIFENEWS.COM couldn't leave this alone, they had to turn around and refute Gallup's finding with a poll of their own. They point to a 2008 poll done by Marist College as proof that American Roman Catholics do in fact oppose abortion with almost two thirds against. Almost two thirds? WoW!!! And how did this Roman Catholic university reach that number? By combining those opposed to abortion in all cases (Rome's official view) with those who would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest as well as those who believe its okay when a woman's health is in danger.

Well Pope Benny...there may be asses in the pews, but its obvious American Roman Catholics aren't as susceptible to brainwashing as you'd like. Why not just go back to teaching everyone that the Sun revolves around Earth again, it doesn't matter what you teach...smart people aren't listening anymore.

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