Some survey results are emerging from the USA as well.
Now Hilary White of LifeSiteNews reports on Europe’s results.
The bishops’ conferences of Germany and Switzerland have issued reports on the findings of the survey that found nearly all Catholics dissent from Catholic teaching. The report conveyed the findings of all of Germany’s 27 dioceses and about 20 Catholic organizations. It said “‘pre-marital unions’ are not only a relevant pastoral reality, but one which is almost universal” and that the great majority of respondents felt Catholic teaching on sexual morality is “unrealistic.”
The response showing the nearly universal rejection of Catholic moral teaching by Mass-going Catholics, including some priests, bishops and even cardinals, are surprising to no one with the least acquaintance with contemporary Catholicism. Libraries of books have been published on the subject of the widespread rejection of Catholic moral teaching on sexuality since the promulgation of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae vitae, on artificial contraception. Hundreds of polls taken over the last four decades have shown a steady decline in Catholic adherence to the media’s favourite “hot-button” issues of pre and extra-marital sex, divorce, homosexuality, cohabitation, contraception and abortion.
Did such a crisis of faith happen in a vacuum with no logical explanation?
Did our Lord Jesus Christ fail His apostles, after giving them the Great Commission? His Commission was that they teach His flock to “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” He handpicked them, commissioned them and promised to be with them for the course. Is this what we see happening in diocese after diocese throughout the world? Have the Successors of the Apostles taught their flocks to observe all the teachings of Christ their Master?
Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
I Corinthians 4:2
Surely, Catholics must expect more from their Bishops and find a way to communicate their expectations. Have you undertaken your part in this most sober challenge?