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(Photo: REUTERS/Kham)Catholics hold the holy cross while attending a mass as part of a three-day conclusion to the Holy Year celebrations at the La Vang Basilica, in Vietnam's central Quang Tri province January 5, 2011.
As the Roman Catholic Church marked the 50th anniversary of the major Humanae Vitae encyclical, which prohibited the use of condoms and contraceptives, a worldwide survey from a Catholic pro-choice group found that large majorities of Catholics disagree with the ban.
Catholics - Choice - Week - Statistics - Survey
Catholics for Choice revealed last week statistics from a survey it carried out on people who identify as Catholic, asking them whether they agree or disagree with Pope Paul VI's document that said using such birth control methods is morally wrong.
As many as 91 percent of Catholics in Ireland said that they disagree with the ban, while only six percent said that they agree. In the United States, 67 percent were opposed to such a ban, while 17 percent agreed with it.
Countries - Results - Bit - Split - Majorities
In other major Catholic countries, the results were a bit more split, but still majorities expressed their disagreement with the stance.
In Kenya, Colombia, and the Philippines, 58, 56 and 52 percent, respectively, of people said that they disagree with the prohibition of condoms and contraceptive pills.
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In Ireland, which in May voted to legalize abortion in a national referendum, the survey was carried out on 970 residents, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
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In the U.S., 1,000 Catholics completed the interview, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
The 50th anniversary of the Humanae Vitae was marked on Wednesday, with church leaders, such as Bishop of Arlington Michael F. Burbidge, insisting that it "confirmed the beauty of the Church's teaching on married love and the transmission of life."
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