Poll: Catholics more LGBT-friendly than Catholic church

Catholics rallying for LGBT equality.

Catholics rallying for LGBT equality. (Photo: Michael J. Bayly)

BY ZACK FORD
ThinkProgress

new poll from CBS News/New York Times shows a significant gulf between what the hierarchy of the Catholic Church teaches and what American Catholics actually believe. Even those who attend Mass frequently are quite far out of step from how the bishops are spending their time and money. The poll indicated that 62 percent of Catholics favor same-sex marriage, 79 percent favor the use of artificial methods of birth control, 91 percent believe the next pope should favor using condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases. Also, 83 percent of Catholics believe they can disagree with the pope on social issues and still be “a good Catholic.”

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