They need to take a poll? I can only hope that this is widely advertised, so that those who have left the church out of frustration will hear about it and find a way to participate. Even then, I am not optimistic because of the way statistics can be skewed for interpretation.
Without an expensive and intrusive poll I can give them the answer right now… most people enjoy sex; they will get as much as they can, wherever and whenever they can; if they can avoid the biological consequences, so much the better. Many people think that the church has really messed up in this area; many people also think this is none of the vatican’s business… and many of them have left.
I used a story in my classroom. It applies equally to discussion of the effects of peer pressure or a study of democracy and world history. “One day a child brought a pet rabbit to kindergarten class for show and tell. Someone asked whether it was a boy bunny or a girl bunny. The brightest little girl immediately called out her answer… ‘Let’s take a vote!'”
Enough said! Click here to read the story from a leading catholic newspaper.