So, 82% of American Catholics are dissenters on the matter of birth control. Which might sound worse than it is, if you overlook the other important statistic here...which is that 77% of American Catholics don't even bother to drag their buttocks out of bed each Sunday to go to Mass, and thus are already most of the time (objectively) in a state of grave sin. You know, the kind that can send you to Hell under the right conditions.
A new Gallup Poll has found that contraception is “morally acceptable” to 89 percent of Americans, including a top heavy 82 percent majority of American Catholics, despite the Church hierarchy’s opposition to the pill.
The poll was released a day after Catholic dioceses and institutions sued the Obama administration to block a requirement that employers cover contraception in health care plans offered to women employees.
Catholic bishops have rejected an administration compromise under which the cost of birth control coverage would be borne by health insurers, and not Catholic hospitals and universities.
“The issue involved here is the broad separation of church and state, not necessarily the morality of using birth control,” Gallup reported. “Still, current data show that the substantial majority of Catholics interviewed say birth control is morally acceptable.”
I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty darned tired of the media including the 77% in their groups of "Catholics" when they ask questions about hot-button issues, such as whether "Catholics" approve of birth control or abortion or gay "marriage," and so on.
Sure, the 77% are Catholics by right of their baptisms. But think of them with a gym membership analogy for a moment: everyone who signs up and pays his dues at a gym can say that he is a gym member, but if the media were to ask all of the members important questions like how satisfied they are with the services offered or how important they think it is to exercise and eat right, the answers might be a bit misleading. For instance, if the media were to trumpet a news article that blared "82 percent of all gym members think that exercise is not necessary for good health," I think most of us would want to know that 77% of those gym members surveyed not only didn't show up at the gym weekly, but generally showed up to exercise only one to four times a year--and for some, it's even less than that.
In other words, we wouldn't take the opinions of people who didn't take their gym memberships seriously as being even remotely interesting or significant when it came to matters related to exercise and good health. So why do we take the opinions of people who frankly don't give a damn about their Catholic faith seriously or as having any significance at all when it comes to matters related to faith or worship?
Obviously, we shouldn't. The 77 percent have nothing whatsoever of value to offer in terms of commentary on serious moral issues. But because our credulous and duplicitous media doesn't see things that way, we're going to keep getting news articles with provocative titles all of which boil down to: Lax and indifferent Catholics who don't bother to take the faith seriously also don't bother to take Church teaching seriously (gasp). It's hardly surprising that the 77% don't care what the Church teaches, since they demonstrate that every Sunday morning.
Clearly, the people we should be worried about are the ones who do show up at Mass on Sunday and yet fail to grasp the reality that contraception use is gravely morally evil and that they're endangering their mortal souls if they use it. But given that 18% of Catholics are faithful on this issue and that only 23% of us bother to show up on Sundays at all, I have a feeling that the exact number of dissenters who don't just give up and drop out altogether remains small.