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Survey of Catholic teachers

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 Contents - Mar 2007AD2000 March 2007 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: How we can help young East Timorese - Peter Westmore
WYDSYD08: Salesian provincial urges parishes to sponsor Timorese to World Youth Day 2008 - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Sandhurst: Goddess worship at Victorian education conference? - Michael Gilchrist
Formation: Continuing growth of Sydney's Catholic Adult Education Centre - AD2000 Report
Catholicism flourishes in South Korea - Richard Stokes
Leadership: The scandal of Australia's anti-life Catholic politicians - Marcel White
'Professional', a l carte Catholicism and its papier mch schools - Andrew T. Kania
Survey of Catholic teachers
The changing panorama of Victoria's historic 'Rupertswood' - Michael Moore
Catholic religion courses and the challenge of relativism - Audrey English
Letters: Reform needed - T. Kalotas
Letters: Catholic schools - Kevin McBride
Letters: Null and void - Fr. G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Presumption - John H. Cooney
Letters: Suitable wedding attire - Tom and Barbara Phillip
Letters: Modesty of dress - Greg Byrne
Letters: Ten Commandments - Arthur Hartwig
Letters: Abortion counselling - Frank Bellet
Letters: Leadership needed - Anne Lastman
Letters: Human embryos - Rebecca Soares
Letters: Ecumenism? - Peter Davidson
Books: The Glory of These Forty Days, by Fr James Tolhurst - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: LISTEN MY SON: St Benedict for Fathers, by Dwight Longenecker - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Books: SEEKING THE ABSOLUTE: The Founders of Christian Monasticism - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Media: The Rosary of the Virgin Mary - 4 DVD or 4 CD set - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
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Reflection: The Holy Trinity - source of true Christian unity - Fr John O'Neill

The results of a survey of Catholic teachers were released in December 2006 under the aegis of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Pastoral Projects Office. The survey is titled Profile of Mass-attending teachers in Catholic schools: A Report to Directors of Catholic Education based on the 2001 National Church Life Survey.

The National Church Life Survey was statistically representative of all Catholic Church attenders, including those who identified themselves as teachers.

Women (at 74 percent) were over-represented among the teachers whose average age was 46, compared with 53 for all Mass- attenders.

Overall, teachers' views were more "liberal" than other Catholics, no doubt partly due to their younger average age and their different levels of expectations as teachers.

Teachers said they were less strengthened by attending Mass but they were far more likely to have a leadership role in the parish.

They were less likely to say their parish needed to maintain past directions or go back to the way things were done in the past. They were far less likely to value a traditional style of worship or music and more likely to prefer a contemporary style.

Teachers were considerably less likely to say they accept the teaching authority of the Church with no difficulty (29 percent) than all Mass attenders (49 percent).

This acceptance level would be lower among the non-attending teachers, a significant proportion, given that the national average attendance for all Catholics was down to 15 percent in 2001.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 2 (March 2007), p. 11

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