Sunday, December 22, 2019

Many Catholics in Latin America – support allowing priests to marry and women priests by BY MANOLO CORICHI AND JONATHAN EVANS

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/12/20/many-catholics-in-latin-america-including-a-majority-in-brazil-support-allowing-priests-to-marry/


"In Brazil – home to the world’s largest Catholic population and most of the Amazon rainforest – a majority of Catholics (56%) were in favor of allowing priests to marry. In other countries represented at the Amazon synod, support ranged from 53% in Venezuela and 48% in Colombia to 29% in Ecuador and 28% in Peru.
Across all 19 of the Latin American countries and territories surveyed, there are 10 places where roughly half or more of Catholics said priests should be allowed to marry, including Uruguay (66%), Chile (65%), Argentina (58%) and Panama (50%).
On the question of whether the Catholic Church should allow women to be ordained as priests, support in the Amazon nations also was highest in Brazil. Almost eight-in-ten Catholics in Brazil backed women as priests (78%), followed by Bolivia (51%), Colombia (43%), Peru and Venezuela (both 42%), and Ecuador (34%). Across the 19 Latin American countries and territories surveyed, roughly half or more of Catholics in eight places said women should be allowed to serve as priests."

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