Swiss Catholics Rebel Against Church Doctrine

by Church Militant  •  •  May 11, 2015   

Catholics in Switzerland are asking for changes in Church's approach to homosexuality and non-sacramental marriage

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FRIBOURG, Switzerland, May 11, 2015 ( – Catholics in Switzerland are rebelling against Church doctrine, asking for changes in its approach to homosexuality and non-sacramental marriages.

Six thousand Catholics, consisting mainly of priests, teachers and parishioners, took part in Synod discussions in February and March. The 570 reports resulting from these meetings produced opinions consistent with a 2013 pre-synod questionnaire in which 25,000 Swiss Catholics took part. They show a nation that has largely rejected Church teaching on sexual morality, particularly with regard to gay unions and divorce and remarriage.

Although the nation's Catholics don't believe gay unions should be held on the same level as traditional marriage, a majority do believe the Church should give some form of recognition to the unions and at least be willing to bless them.

The Swiss are also petitioning Rome to acknowledge that sacramental marriages are in the minority, and the Church should consider allowing the divorced and remarried to be admitted to Holy Communion.

Read more about the results here.


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