Catholic survey skewed intentionally, says priest

Monday, October 29, 2012
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A spokesman for Priests for Life suggests a new poll included questions framed to show Catholics support ObamaCare's HHS birth-control mandate, which many Roman Catholic leaders have pointed out is in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.

The poll suggests Americans in general, and Catholics specifically, are not concerned about the government forcing employers and religious institutions to provide free insurance coverage of contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization through ObamaCare. The study was commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union and Catholics for Choice, the latter being a group that may have some Catholic members but critics argue battles against the faith.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life tells OneNewsNow the study is a classic example of how a survey can obtain the results desired by framing questions a certain way.

Pavone, Father Frank (Priests for Life)"For example, one of these questions asks: Should we use religious beliefs to decide to offer services to some and not to others?," he explains. "Now what do you think of when you hear that question? You think Discrimination ... I'm going to offer services to some people and not to others? Of course most Americans oppose discrimination."

What the survey did not examine is whether people favor the government intruding on one's constitutionally protected religious freedom. Pavone says other pollsters did include that question.

"If you ask people: Do you think that religious freedom in America should be protected? -- as a Marist poll released this past spring says -- three in four Americans say yes," notes Pavone. "That showed a 74-percent to 26-percent response in favor of protecting religious freedom."

The ministry spokesman adds people should understand that the group Catholics for Choice uses the tactic of dividing the faithful -- and dividing the faithful from their bishops.

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