Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on sex

2014-06-26 16:21
Pope Francis at the Church of All Nations in  Jerusalem.(Jack Guez, Pool)

Pope Francis at the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem.(Jack Guez, Pool)

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Vatican City - The Vatican is admitting many Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex issues like artificial contraception as an intrusion into their private lives, and are ignorant of other core doctrines about marriage, divorce and homosexuality.

The Vatican blamed its own priests for much of the problem. It says they simply aren't doing a good enough job educating the faithful about essential church teachings and helping out families when they run into trouble.

The analysis was contained in a document released on Thursday summarising the results of a Vatican questionnaire sent to bishops' conferences around the world last year in preparation for a two-year study on family issues launched by Pope Francis.

Thousands of ordinary Catholics, clergy and academics responded, providing the Vatican with unusual grass-roots data for the discussion.

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