STUDY: Catholics Aren’t Nearly As Anti-Gay Or Pro-Child Rape As Their Pope

Some Queerty readers can’t understand why a gay person would choose to remain Catholic . But it makes more sense when you realize that most U.S. Catholics disagree with Papa Ratzi and the church’s official positions on homosexuality and child rape.

A recent study of changing American Catholic attitudes since 1987 revealed that:

– Only 35 percent of Catholics oppose same-sex marriage.

– Only 16 percent of Catholics say church leaders have “the final say” on homosexuality, down from 32 percent over the past 25 years.

– 57 percent of Catholics say individuals have “the final say” on homosexuality, up from 39 percent over the past 25 years.

– 83 percent of Catholics say the clergy sexual abuse has hurt the bishops’ moral and political credibility.

So being Catholic means ignoring your community’s supposed figureheads, huh? Hey, a lot of us LGBTs feel the same way about our supposed figurehead at the Human Rights Campaign! Maybe we have more in common than we thought!