After Richard Dawson escaped from the German POW camp ostensibly run by Colonel Klink, Dawson went on to host a popular game show called -- perhaps prophetically -- Family Feud. His famous catchphrase was, "Survey says..." Many Catholic diocese were given the opportunity by the Vatican to fill out a survey for reasons that remain unfathomable to the Bear. Clearly, nothing good can come from polling the sheep, especially not ill-formed sheep in today's culture.
Not all diocese worldwide have published the results of the survey, but what we do know is enough to imagine Our Lady weeping.
National Catholic Reporter says 75% of Springfield Catholics who took the Vatican's survey say they do not understand the Church's teaching on the family. Et tu Springfield? Bishop Paprocki -- as solid a bishop as one could wish for -- what's going on? What is hard to understand?
Marriage: One man and one woman, one time; Sex: see "marriage;" Children: yes!; Contraception: no; Abortion: oh Hell no.
Is the Bear missing anything important?
Granted, you can get yourself into more complicated territory if you are not blessed with a successful marriage. Then you might factor in an annulment, if eligible. But these canonical niceties are not part of the Church's teaching on the family any more than getting sued if you rear-end somebody is part of Drivers Education.
Far worse than Springfield's failure to understand the Church's concept of family are those diocese that have simply rejected the whole array of teachings on sexual morality. And not all are in decadent Europe. In Honolulu, 80% don't agree with the fundamentals.
The Church is reaping what it sowed with its orchestrated rebellion against Humanae Vitae. That rebellion was passed on to a whole new generation by the ruinous "Who am I to judge?" / "Good for him!" casual attitude toward morality. Like the adulterous woman in Proverbs, after they destroy two millenia of moral witness, "she wipes her mouth, and says, 'I have done no wrong.'” 30.20.
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By the time the October Synod of the Family rolls around, these surveys will be waved under the noses of anyone who tries to defend traditional Church teaching on the family. The people have a voice in today's Church! The press will eat that up.
Actually, the only thing they demonstrate is what a horrible job the Church is doing in catechesis.
Even, apparently, in Springfield. Unless...