Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Japanese bishops report laity indifferent toward Church teaching on marriage

Catholic World News - June 06, 2014

The Catholic bishops of Japan have acknowledged that the faithful are largely ignorant of Church teaching on marriage, and indifferent to Catholic stands.

In a response to the questionnaire circulated by the Vatican in preparation for the Synod of Bishops, the Japanese bishops reported that Catholics in their country “are more influenced by societal norms” than by Church teachings, “especially where birth control is concerned.” The Christian conception of marriage based on natural law “is not generally understood nor is it accepted.”

In addition to these failures to promote Catholic teaching, the Japanese bishops’ report said that preparation for marriage is “generally haphazard.” The report was signed by Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo, the president of the bishops’ conference.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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!

Progress toward our August expenses ($22,308 to go):
$35,000.00 $12,692.44
64% 36%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jun. 11, 2014 5:09 AM ET USA

    These bishops are just learning what faithful Catholics have known for a long time. The only shock in this story is the surprise expressed by the bishops. IMO, this all started in 1968 when Humanae Vitae was largely ignored or resisted by the clergy. When life and love are separated, you have something but it isn't a marriage.

  • Posted by: GymK - Jun. 06, 2014 8:46 PM ET USA

    What's missing in this story? Wasn't it the those very Bishop's duty to educate the people? Marriage prep was "haphazard"? Certainly there was a reason given. Well, it certainly wasn't Vatican II. Perhaps these same bIshops can explain Vat II all over again. I'm sure we can then expect different results!?? Sure we will. Maybe we can simply give everyone annulments. That will fix everything. Perhaps Dr. Jeff and Phil will be able to explain it all better than me. How long oh Lord? How long?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 06, 2014 8:03 PM ET USA

    The horses are out of the barn all over the world. Good luck trying to corral them again! It all started with the refusal of Church prelates to teach the Church's teachings and the reasoning behind those teachings.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action 14 hours ago
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19
The cause for beatification of Archbishop Romero: BBC botched the story August 19
Church Fathers: The Didache and the Epistle of Barnabas August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8