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Poll shows Australian Catholics support same-sex marriage

August 28, 2017

Most Australian Catholics support legal recognition of same-sex marriage, according to a new poll.

The poll—which was conducted by mail, and commissioned by advocates of same-sex marriage—found that about two-thirds of Catholics would favor the measure. Support for same-sex marriage among Catholics was roughly equal to that in the overall population.

Catholics were more likely that some other religious believers to support same-sex marriage, however. Among all “people of faith,” support was 58%—still a solid majority. Among those who professed no faith, the measure won 79% support.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 30, 2017 2:09 AM ET USA

    This is a major failure of the shepherds of God's people. But how many homosexually oriented individuals ordained priests and Bishops would be willing to teach against same-sex "marriages"?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 28, 2017 11:07 PM ET USA

    Lack of proper catechesis in parish religious education programs, in Catholic schools, and from the pulpit is truly bearing its rotten fruit. What depth of faith can Catholic parents hand down to their children when they do not know that faith themselves? What kind of mercy is shown by those pastors who believe it proper to withhold the truth from their congregation in order not to "offend" their delicate sensibilities and fat pocketbooks? The spirit of the times is a straightjacket of despair.