Survey examines Catholics’ views on nuclear weapons, climate change
Catholic World News - December 15, 2011
A study conducted by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and its Program on International Policy Attitudes has examined the public policy views of Catholics, evangelicals, and other believers.
“A majority of believers, including majorities of Catholics and Evangelicals, see addressing global poverty as a spiritual obligation and see addressing the risks posed by nuclear weapons and global warming as moral imperatives, even if they do not initially associate these imperatives with spiritual obligations,” the Center found. “The study finds little variation between evangelicals and Catholics on these points.”
Among the survey’s findings:
- 70% of evangelicals and 51% of Catholics believe that “seeking to prevent abortions” is a “spiritual obligation,” while 23% of Catholics see the elimination of nuclear weapons as a spiritual obligation
- 80% of evangelicals and 90% of Catholics would support a treaty “reducing pollution in the environment,” while 72% of evangelicals and 83% of Catholic would back an agreement that would reduce the “greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change”
- 88% of evangelicals and 95% of Catholics would support an agreement reducing the number of nuclear weapons, while 54% of Catholics would support an agreement that gradually eliminates nuclear weapons
- 79% of Catholics and 65% of evangelicals believe that preventing climate change is a “spiritual obligation” or “important goal”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($161,864 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!