A survey of gay/lesbian Catholics concerning attitudes toward sexual orientation and religious beliefs.

Abstract

The negative assessment of lesbian/gay relationships in Catholic circles is most often based on scanty information gathered from folklore, the commercial media, and a narrow, literal reading of Biblical texts. Assumptions are made about the personal adjustment of individual gay/lesbian persons and the quality of their relationships without recourse to actual lived experience. This survey of 263 gay/lesbian Catholics and 20 controls was designed to receive direct feedback from lesbian/gay persons concerning their religious attitudes, personal adjustment, and relational quality. The results contradict many preconceptions, and a remarkable similarity is demonstrated between the gay/lesbian responses and those of the control group.

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@article{OBrien1991ASO, title={A survey of gay/lesbian Catholics concerning attitudes toward sexual orientation and religious beliefs.}, author={Trevor M. O'Brien}, journal={Journal of homosexuality}, year={1991}, volume={21 4}, pages={29-44} }