Wed Feb 22, 2012 - 2:07 pm EST
‘98% of Catholics contracept?’: Not true for hardcore Catholics
A group of faithful Catholic ladies who grew sick and tired of hearing ad nauseam the White House’s Cecilia Munoz’s tidbit that “98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception” decided to take the matter into their own hands and run their own poll.
Catholic Sistas knew that the study quoted by the White House was conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization founded by Planned Parenthood. They knew that this meant that the final figures would probably be skewed (which in fact they were). So they decided to poll the women who read their blog and ask them the big C question.
What they found should make Cecilia Munoz eat her Planned Parenthood funded study and then some.
Of the 1000 women who voluntarily responded to the poll, only 18% were using contraception. Almost 60% of respondents used a method of natural family planning that is consistent with Catholic teaching.
While the poll isn’t a scientific survey by any means, nonetheless, its results are what one should expect when polling faithful Catholics.
The ladies from CatholicSistas.com scoff at the poll used by the White House.
“When you poll non-Mass going Catholic women who don’t have a firm stake or understanding in the [Catholic] Faith, can we really be surprised that the contraception numbers are 98%?”
While the ladies at CatholicSistas.com know that their sample population — drawn mostly from supporters of their blog — skews the final results, nonetheless they believe that they have accomplished something significant. They have showed America that there are a number of women out there who are faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. They have given a voice to the many wives and mothers who have chosen to be faithful to the teachings of the Church on contraception.
“Even if our stats are slanted because our population is more devout, it leads us to reconsider what really matters,” said one member from CatholicSistas.com.
And in the end, what is it that really matters? Here are my two bits: that true morality can never be the slave of statistics, and that doing the right thing often means doing it alone.
To the ladies from CatholicSistas.com and all their supporters, I say ‘Bravo’ and ‘keep up the good work!’