Strikingly, the Theos research reveals that whatever the public thinks about the Pope's visit, they agree with his social teaching. In the poll, people were asked to comment on whether they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements contained in the Pope's third encyclical letter, Caritas in Veritate. Twelve representative statements, taken directly from the letter, were tested and a significant majority of the public agreed with eleven. For example:My thanks to Peter for sending it and his son for finding it.
On the environment:
82% of people agree that 'technologically advanced societies can and must lower their domestic energy consumption' (CiV, #49). 79% agree that 'the natural environment is more than raw material to be manipulated at our pleasure' (CiV, #48).
63% agree that 'investment always has moral, as well as economic significance' (CiV, #40). 69% agree that 'the consumer has a specific social responsibility' (CiV, #66).
On human rights:
90% agree that 'food and access to water are universal rights of all human beings' (CiV, #27). 59% agree that 'An overemphasis on rights leads to a disregard for duties' (CiV, #43).
A majority of the public even agree with Catholic teaching about sexuality, with 63% agreeing that 'It is irresponsible to view sexuality merely as a source of pleasure' (CiV, #44). The only statement people disagreed with (81%) is that 'Poverty is often produced by a rejection of God's love.' (CiV, #53)
Commenting on the findings of the research, Director of Theos, Paul Woolley said:
'The British public clearly has a problem with the funding of the papal visit, although this could be because they are unaware that in addition to being a religious leader Pope Benedict is also a head of state.
'It is only a relatively small proportion of people who are actively opposed to the visit itself. On the whole, the public is more disengaged than hostile.
'What is really striking is not simply that the public tends to agree with Pope Benedict's social teaching but that they agree so strongly.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Theos: Brits agree strongly with the Pope
interested in this Theos survey, although there is apathy people seem to not only agree but agree strongly with the Pope.
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