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  • Peter Gain 1 month

    Although not specified, I take it that this is the result of an American Survey. I think it more background should be given in publication.

    • Peter Donnan 1 month

      Your comments, Peter, seem to express some reservations about this survey.  It requires far more background as you suggest. In this US survey “1 in 5 Catholic likely voters say they accept everything the Church teaches.” yet In Australia church membership has been declining since the 1950s,  Only 8 per cent to 10 per cent of those who identify as Catholics are regular mass attenders; and almost a third of these are aged between 60 and 74. 

      Logical questions include: was the sampling group representative of US Catholics? Why is there such a contrast in experience between the Church in the US and Australia? If this survey is representative, then what are they doing so well that is not being done in Australia?

  • John McGee 1 month

    Do you have any information about what teachings are not accepted.

  • Antoinette Woods 1 month

    Is it possible to find out what percentage of respondents fit into each age group?

  • Peter Donnan 1 month

    The results of this American survey are indeed amazing. I am not sure how it translates into the Australian context given the following: only 8 per cent to 10 per cent of those who identify as Australian Catholics are regular mass attenders; and almost a third of these are aged between 60 and 74. 

    Many young people highly value Catholic school education but the nexus between Catholic schools and the parish community in Australia has been tenuous in my view. It is this connection – between the school and parish community – that needs to be strengthened and I would be interested in Australian survey data in this area. The future of the Church depends on young people so this is a critical area. 

    Generally Australian disaffected Catholics are not clamouring for more doctrine, Canon Law, the Magisterium or the Catechism as they depart but they do yearn for an authentic Church and spirituality that closely reflects Jesus of the gospels.

  • Beatrice 1 month

    Ditto to the last para of Peter Donnan’s comments.

    We would prefer a church which reflects the teachings of Jesus and a spirituality which encompasses tolerance and inclusiveness and open-ness.

    Pope Francis is open and making changes, however it has not had a flow-on effect.