Catholics, the Open Society, and Tolerance of Homosexuals



Growing international sociological evidence based on rigorous analysis of World Values Survey data seems to suggest that more and more Roman Catholic faithful do not follow anymore the condemnation of the homosexual act as a “deadly sin,” voiced by the official, current Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. In simple terms, the question in our chapter is primarily whether the rejection of homosexuality still enjoys the support of the rank and file of the global Catholic faithful and, secondly, whether practicing Catholics (weekly Church attenders, Dominicantes) are more tolerant than the societies surrounding them in accepting homosexuality and in accepting homosexual neighbors.

In comparison with overall society, practicing Roman Catholics in Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Italy, and Uruguay especially strongly rejected homosexuality, while practicing Roman Catholics in the multicultural environment of South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria, and in the Latin American country Guatemala were the record holders of accepting homosexuality compared to the society around them.

It is sufficiently clear that the Church’s teaching on homosexuality has less and less followers.


Cultural economics Economic sociology Economic anthropology World Values Survey Homosexuality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.American Studies CenterUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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