In Monday’s Star-Telegram, an article entitled “Catholics of the world split on moral tenets,” focused on recent poll results which show that many Catholics, particularly in western countries, strongly support practices that the Church teaches are immoral.
I don’t question the accuracy of the poll.
Apparently the poll did not deal with the next obvious question: Why is there such a disparity between the 2000-year-old Church’s moral teachings and a significant percentage of the Catholics in the pews today?
I strongly suspect the answer lies in the fact that today’s primary opinion makers are the media and stage and screen stars.
Those opinion makers are almost universally amoral in their views and do not hesitate in their constant denigration of Christian morality as bigoted and generally old-fashioned. Indeed, the public is hammered on a daily basis on this issue in both subtle and unsubtle ways.
Is it any wonder that many Catholics and other Christians as well, fall prey to such denigrators of Christian morality?
One way of turning this problem around is to be aware of its cause thereby facilitating a return to the tried and true.