Only 12 per cent of practising Catholics and nine per cent of nominal Catholics polled said they would feel any guilt about using contraception, despite the Churchs strong stance on the issue. By contrast, a quarter of Muslims said they would feel ashamed of using contraception. A total of 57 per cent of Catholics said they would feel guilty about having extramarital sex, only one per cent higher than the general population.
By contrast almost nine out of 10 Baptists and Pentecostals said they would feel guilty about adultery as did seven out of 10 Jews and Muslims polled. Anglicans were also slightly more inclined to feel shame about infidelity than Catholics. Only 19 per cent of Catholics said they would feel guilty about sex before marriage, compared with 50 per cent of Baptists, almost two thirds of Muslims and more than three quarters of Pentecostal protestants.
So, having a Christian conscience is “Puritanism”? Count me in.
Prof Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology of religion at Lancaster University, who commissioned the study, said it showed a widening gap between the Catholic faithful and the hierarchy on issues of personal morality that could prove disastrous for the Church. It does show that people have distanced themselves completely from the Catholic Churchs teaching, she said.Catholic, disastrous; guilt, puritanical. A self-fulfilling progressive agenda perhaps? Let's look at the source:
Professor Linda Woodhead
Affiliations: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research Group
Let's look at the survey process:
The research included a YouGov poll of more than 4,000 people of various religious persuasions, including atheistsAnd who is YouGov?:
YouGov is an international internet-based market research firm founded in the UK in May 2000 YouGov's methodology is to obtain responses from an invited group of internet users, and then to weight these responses in line with demographic information.I don't think I'd bet much on the accuracy here. It does serve the purpose to divide and oppose Christians.