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Australian priests unhappy with Church leadership, survey claims

February 28, 2011

A survey of Australian Catholic priests has found that most find their pastoral work fulfilling, but many are unhappy with the leadership of their bishops and most think that the Vatican does not understand their concerns.

The survey uncovered a large rift between the Australian priests and the doctrinal teachings of the Church, particularly on issues of sexuality.

The researchers conducting the survey received answers from only 542 of the 1710 priests to whom they submitted their questions. That low response rate, producing a self-selected group of respondents, raises serious questions about the accuracy of the poll.


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  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 28, 2011 11:02 PM ET USA

    How very sad. How very Protestant of priests to propose going against the natural law, Scripture, Holy Tradition and the Magisterium. How very near sighted to think the Church would be better off with myriad popes. It points up the reality that Satan attacks the Church by attacking her priests, because that's where the power lies - the power to confect the Holy Eucharist. How on earth can they hear Confessions?

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Feb. 28, 2011 6:20 PM ET USA

    I wonder if there is a connection between one's own sexual temptations and the rejection of the Church teaching on those practises? ;-)