Teachings on human sexuality by the Roman
Catholic Church, and the resulting conflicts
In many faith groups -- particularly those in the conservative end of the
religious spectrum -- the regulation of matters related to human
sexuality appears to be a primary concern. The Roman Catholic
Church is one of these groups.
Conflicts exist among the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, most of the laity of the Church, other religious groups, and secular groups over matters related to:
probably many others that have escaped our attention.
It is very important to recognize that conflicts occur between the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and the laity. For example, the rate of abortion among Roman Catholic laity is slightly greater than average for all women of reproductive age, and support for same-sex marriage is higher than among other Christian groups, in spite of extreme opposition by the hierarchy. The personal use of artificial methods of contraceptives by Catholic laity is similar to that of the rest of the U.S. population.
A public opinion survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center during 2014
The following Catholic Church teachings are covered in