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Sex and Roman Catholic Church


Teachings on human sexuality by the Roman
Catholic Church
, and the resulting conflicts

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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:

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 this section:

bullet Abortion:
bullet Pagan & Christian beliefs 400 BCE -1980 CE

bullet Evolution of Roman Catholic positions on abortion: Overview

bullet Current Roman Catholic church teaching

bullet Instructions in bioethics: "Dignitas Personae, (2008)

bullet Exceptions to the Roman Catholic ban on abortion

bullet Cases where the Church policy may cause death

bullet The church's historical position on divorce

bullet About annulments
bullet Homosexuality
bullet Religious pressure on Canadian legislators by the Church

bullet Priests with a homosexual orientation
bulletContraception and birth control

"A hard pill to swallow: Catholic contraception policy" An essay donated by Bjorn Philip Beer

bullet Birth control coverage in medical plans: Religious liberty & freedom, the HHS mandate, the Church's 2012 "Fortnight of Freedom" campaign, and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
bullet Masturbation
bullet Ordination of women

Transgender persons and transsexuality: Part 1  Part 2

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Copyright 2006 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2006-FEB-05
Latest update: 2014-JUL-15
Author: B.A. Robinson

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