Call it the Catholic Church’s dirty little secret.
Well, their other dirty little secret.
Actually, at this point it’s kind of an open secret. Most people with even a passing interest in matters of religion and sexuality are aware that a huge percentage of European and North American Catholics ignore the Vatican’s teachings in areas where these matters intersect. Controversy over birth control notwithstanding, most Catholic families show evidence of family planning use, and the majority of Catholic women have used contraceptives at some point in life. A growing contingent of Catholics describe themselves as pro-choice in matters of abortion and assisted dying. And Catholics — youth in particular — express growing support for marriage equality and gay families.