ERIC Number: ED053950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
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Studies in Family Planning, Volume 2 Number 6.
Population Council, New York, NY.
A study of the attitudes and beliefs of ordinary parish priests regarding birth control in three countries, Colombia, the United States, and the Netherlands, is reported in this paper. It was undertaken for the purpose of filling the gap in knowledge which exists with respect to parish priests and the official Roman Catholic Church. Comparative and exploratory in nature, the study describes the sample population, questionnaire used, field procedures, response rates, and the accuracy and comparability of results. Results are evaluated in the areas of population problems, attitudes toward family planning and sex, morality of contraception, effects of contraceptive use, the encyclical "Humanae Vitae", statements of national hierarchies, pastoral views of contraception, Catholic rhythm clinics, and the role of Catholic doctors. General conclusions indicate that disagreement on Pope Paul VI's ban on contraception is not confined to laymen, liberal bishops, or intellectuals, but the ordinary parish priest as well, a key link in the chain of communication and influence that runs from Rome to the layman. While great diversity among Catholic communities in different nations is apparent, elements of change and accommodation are also evident. However, it is unlikely each country will resolve the issue in the same way or at the same pace or that future directives from Rome will be accepted as definitive. (BL)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Catholics, Comparative Analysis, Contraception, Cross Cultural Studies, Family Planning, Priests, Religious Differences, Statistical Data
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Authoring Institution: Population Council, New York, NY.