OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA-Almost half of those enrolled in Catholic schools do not come from Catholic families

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Adelaide (Agenzia Fides) - According to a recent survey by Advertiser on AdelaideNow, about 20,000 of the 48,783 southern Australian students enrolled in Catholic schools do not belong to the Catholic Church: it is a figure that has never been reached in the past five years. Parents interviewed by the Australian newspaper said they were lured by these religious schools because they are the most affordable and animated by a sense of community that public schools tend not to provide, although there is more religious education than expected. The head of the southern Australian Catholic schools underlined that he wants to keep a strong and clear Catholic identity, as well as pointing out to parents who send their children to Catholic schools that the main feature of these schools has to be respected and therefore among the school activities, children will participate in liturgical celebrations and spiritual retreats, and religious education will be taught. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 30/08/2011)