85% of young British Catholics think extra-marital sex is OK
A survey has revealed that 85% of young Catholics in the UK reject the Church's teaching that sex outside marriage is morally wrong.
The survey produced comparable figures for Anglicans, but only 49% of Muslims approve of extra-marital sex.
The research was conducted by the Rev Prof Leslie Francis, of Bangor University, and was published yesterday in The Fourth R For the Third Millennium, a book on religious education. Questionnaires were completed by 15,000 children, aged between 13 and 15, asking them to state their religious affiliation and their attitudes to personal, family and social teachings.
Half the young Catholics thought abortion was wrong and 31 per cent of Anglicans. Most Muslims (58 per cent) were against abortion.
Prof Francis said: "These are highly disturbing findings for Christians. They demonstrate a significant gap between traditional Church teaching on major moral issues and the beliefs of the younger generation."