Those Catholics and Their Sex-Having Ways

Pew has a new survey on Catholics in America. While the Catholics are always fascinating, they’ll be in the spotlight for the month of September: In a few weeks, Pope Francis will visit the U.S. for the first time in his papacy—and his life. The pontiff is expected to talk about poverty and the environment, keeping in theme with his mic drop of an encyclical from earlier this summer, Laudato Si.

But he’ll especially focus on issues of family life, including marriage, divorce, sexuality, and contraception use; he’s coming for the Church’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and just weeks after he leaves, he’ll gather with bishops in Rome for an important synod, or meeting, that may shift the Church’s posture toward some of these issues.

So what do American Catholics think about family life, per Pew?