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Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says [Catholic Caucus]
usnews.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock

Posted on 07/19/2013 8:38:44 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM

Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says

Group presents data showing those who go to church weekly have most frequent, enjoyable sex

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July 17, 2013

Devout, married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group, the Family Research Council said at an event Wednesday, pointing to a collection of studies from the last several decades.

The socially conservative Christian group relied heavily on statistics from the University of Chicago's last National Health and Social Life Survey, conducted in 1992, which found the most enjoyable and most frequent sex occurring among married people, those who attended church weekly – any church, whether Catholic or not – and people who had the least sexual partners."Those who worship God weekly have the best sex," said Patrick Fagan, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and a former George H.W. Bush official, in a talk hosted with the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education Wednesday. "I want to see this on the cover of Playboy sometime."

Fagan said the group was working on gathering more recent data on sexual enjoyment, but that the existing statistics spoke for themselves, and specifically as they relate to Catholics.

(Courtesy Marriage & Religion Research Institute)

One audience member questioned Fagan on the "danger" of selling the idea that Catholics were guaranteed better sex if they waited for marriage. But Fagan said it was clear "those who are monogamous have the best sex they ever could – because its the only sex they'll ever know."

The notion that Catholics have better sex isn't a new one, especially coming from Catholics. In 1994, Andrew Greeley, a Catholic sociologist and priest, published "Sex: The Catholic Experience," which released a litany of new statistics: 68 percent of Catholics professed to have sex at least once a week versus 56 percent of non-Catholics; 30 percent of Catholics had bought erotic underwear versus 20 percent non-Catholics; and 80 percent of devout Catholic women approved of having sex for pleasure alone.

In 2008, Gregory K. Popcak, a Catholic pastoral marriage and family counselor, released a book with a similar theme, called "Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving."

(Courtesy Marriage & Religion Research Institute)

But the Family Research Council, which promotes traditional family values, also cautioned Wednesday of the possible negative effects of enjoying sex outside of marriage, or of watching porn. Among the effects: poverty, domestic abuse, crime, drug addiction and loss of a job, according to the group.

Responding to a much-talked about New York Times piece this week on the hookup culture at the University of Pennsylvania, Fagan said pornography was helping to "feed a culture that was distorting matters sexual."

"What we have here is a pagan sexuality," he said, decrying the growing presence of pornography in dorms and among married couples. "Homosexuality, infidelity, euthanasia, infanticide – these were all common sexual practices of pagan Rome. Christians were for being very different, for being monogamous, faithful."

Fagan told Christians in attendance that they "have to claim a place that's very different in sexuality – and that by the way is very superior, even in matters sexual."


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Humor; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: brokencaucus

1 posted on 07/19/2013 8:38:44 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

“Father, is it wrong to have sex before Mass?”

“Well, my Son, so long as both parties are duly Married to one another in the Church, and they aren’t blocking the aisles....I don’t see any problem with it.”


2 posted on 07/19/2013 8:53:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

When I was younger and not a good boy the Catholic girls were the wildest.


3 posted on 07/19/2013 8:54:42 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

"Things that will never appear on the cover of Cosmo magazine."

4 posted on 07/19/2013 8:56:13 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Already posted


5 posted on 07/19/2013 9:01:38 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: Resolute Conservative

There used to be a particular Catholic high school around here with that reputation. I know families who sent their boys to public school, but they had girls a bit on the wild side who were sent to this school to “settle down”. Bad move! Putting them all in one place just gave reinforcement and made it kind of a Ho University. The end result being the biggest one-stop shopping place for hot-to-trot oversexed young women in the entire County.

“Legs spread wider than a {insert name of school} girl” was the saying in my day. Any hormonal young guy looking for some early action knew that was the place to go. Eventually the Diocese realized they had a problem. Took steps to address it, and changed the name of the school.


6 posted on 07/19/2013 9:03:34 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: plain talk
guidelines
7 posted on 07/19/2013 9:07:02 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Electorate data confirms Resolute Conservative voted for Soetoro)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
those who attended church weekly –

Church attendece is a poor indicator of "devoutness". Being an 'in one ear, out the other' pew potato does not equate to "devoutness".

My ex BIL attended the Episcopal Church religiously, after researching that it had the highest percentage of mid to upper income members, great social functions, and hence was the best opportunity for 'contacts' as a Realtor; God did not enter into the equation. His 'god' was Mammon.

One could never call Pelosi or the Kennedy Gang, or many others, "devout" Catholics, no matter how often they show up for Mass.

8 posted on 07/19/2013 9:23:04 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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Actually, those of us in the demographic don’t really know first hand, as we don’t have anything to compare it to.

And I have no interest in finding out.


9 posted on 07/19/2013 9:28:25 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

It’s fascinating how this topic causes people to bring up their great experiences fornicating. “Unclear on the concept ...”


10 posted on 07/19/2013 9:39:47 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: Tax-chick

well you wouldn’t want to hear about the bad ones, would you? Cuz if so, I can (finally) go on for hours....


11 posted on 07/19/2013 9:50:57 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Eew, bleh.


12 posted on 07/19/2013 9:52:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

In all seriousness, I agree with you that someone fitting a good definition of “devout” would be extremely unlikely to answer this survey.

Even if the underlying premise is true.


13 posted on 07/19/2013 10:20:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tax-chick
you'd be surprised how often I heard that from women.

No wait; what's that word that's the opposite of 'surprised'???

14 posted on 07/19/2013 10:27:57 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Snake handlers do it with venom!


15 posted on 07/19/2013 10:31:09 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Bible thumpers do it thumping!


16 posted on 07/19/2013 10:31:51 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM; Chode

HEH HEH HEH!!


17 posted on 07/19/2013 11:03:35 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yep! Like prayer, sex/sexuality, is kept private by the actual devout.


18 posted on 07/19/2013 11:18:15 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Well, while church attendance does not equal devoutness, church absence (unless associated with a health problem) does usually equal non-devoutness, at least among Catholics.


19 posted on 07/19/2013 2:45:08 PM PDT by perdidochas
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To: Morgana
God works in mysterious ways...
20 posted on 07/19/2013 2:47:33 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
what's that word that's the opposite of 'surprised'

Bored?

21 posted on 07/19/2013 3:43:08 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: Tax-chick

yeah that will do. Really, I’ll settle for anything above ‘vomit inducing’


22 posted on 07/19/2013 4:07:24 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Human relationships ... a little sublime, but mostly ridiculous.


23 posted on 07/20/2013 6:07:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: Tax-chick

Well said


24 posted on 07/20/2013 6:31:45 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Thanks!


25 posted on 07/20/2013 7:11:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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