As the Roman Catholic Church marked the 50th anniversary of the major Humanae Vitae encyclical, which prohibited the use of condoms and contraceptives, a worldwide survey from a Catholic pro-choice group found that large majorities of Catholics disagree with the ban.
Catholics for Choice revealed last week statistics from a survey it carried out on people who identify as Catholic, asking them whether they agree or disagree with Pope Paul VI’s document that said using such birth control methods is morally wrong.
As many as 91 percent of Catholics in Ireland said that they disagree with the ban, while only six percent said that they agree. In the United States, 67 percent were opposed to such a ban, while 17 percent agreed with it.
In other major Catholic countries, the results were a bit more split, but still majorities expressed their disagreement with the stance.
In Kenya, Colombia, and the Philippines, 58, 56 and 52 percent, respectively, of people said that they disagree with the prohibition of condoms and contraceptive pills.
This article was originally published by The Christian Post.