CATHOLIC VIEWS ON GAY MARRIAGE
Catalyst May Issue 2011
Do Catholics support homosexual marriage? According to the Public Religion Research Institute’s recent study, it depends on how Catholic they are. Those who attend Mass a few times a year think it’s fine (59 percent); those who attend once or twice a month are mostly opposed (43 percent support it); and those who attend weekly or more are not fans (26 percent). In other words, there is a positive correlation between Mass attendance and adherence to the Church’s teachings.
This makes perfect sense: Catholics who are Catholic in name only can be expected to entertain a secular vision of morality, i.e., one that prizes radical autonomy. Those who are serious about their religion look to more authoritative sources for guidance.
A recent ABC News and Washington Post poll disclosed that, for the first time, the majority of Americans favor homosexual marriage (53 percent). It should be kept in mind, however, that public opinion polls are not an accurate barometer of serious public sentiment: there have been more than 30 state initiatives on this subject, and never once have voters elected to support same-sex marriage.