VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is admitting that many Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex issues, like artificial contraception as an intrusion into their private lives -- and are ignorant of other core doctrines about sex and relationships.
The Vatican blamed its own priests for much of the problem, saying they simply aren't doing a good enough job educating the faithful about essential church teachings and helping out families when they run into trouble.
The analysis was contained in a document released Thursday summarizing the results of a Vatican questionnaire sent to bishops' conferences around the world last year in preparation for a two-year study on family issues launched by Pope Francis.
Thousands of ordinary Catholics, clergy and academics responded, providing the Vatican with unusual grass-roots data for the discussion.
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