Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Notes: Wednesday, March 27-Tuesday, April 23, 2013 (part 2 of 2)

8. Some points of interest from "A Profile of the Catholic Community in Australia", March 2013, A.C.B.C. Pastoral Research Office, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia:

In the following bullet points, the smaller-type parts are quotations from that profile:
  • In 2011, the total number of people at Mass in Australia on a typical weekend was about 680,000, only about 12.5 per cent, or one-eighth, of the total number of Catholics. Most of those who attend, about 85 per cent, are there every weekend, but the individuals who make up the other 15 per cent vary from week to week.
    p. 2
  • Labels: The 2011 Census tells us that 272,542 Catholic children of primary school age attended Catholic schools, and 210,514 Catholic students of secondary school age attended Catholic schools. That means that 52.8 per cent of Catholic students attend Catholic schools – it’s the same percentage for primary and secondary students. But it also means that almost half of all Catholic students do not attend Catholic schools. Most of these go to Government schools, although six per cent of Catholic primary students and ten per cent of Catholic secondary students attend other non-Government schools.
    p. 3
  • The Census also tells us that Catholic students account for 72.5 per cent of Catholic school enrolments.

    Another 14.9 per cent are from other Christian traditions, 2.6 per cent belong to a non-Christian religion and 7.8 per cent have no religion.

    p. 3
(The profile came to my attention via the blog post "Going to Mass this Sunday? If so, you are one of less than 12.5% Oz Catholics to do so... ", by Miss Kate Edwards, dated Sunday, April 7, 2013, posted at her Australia Incognita blog:


Regarding the second point: See also the A.C.B.C. Pastoral Research Office's "E-NEWS BULLETIN", Issue No. 3, August 17, 2012, on "Students attending Catholic schools":


Labels: Catholic schools, demography, social trends

9. "What happens to marriage and families when the law recognises “Same-Sex Marriage”?"

The quotation in that headline is the title of a submission, from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, London, U.K., dated March 1, 2013, to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Committee of the British House of Commons. The submission is available here:


(That submission came to my attention via the comment of 2.4.13 / 10am by Mr. Gerard Calilhanna in the comments section of Mr. Muehleberg's CultureWatch blog post "Conservatives and Homosexual Marriage", dated March 30, 2013.)

Labels: families, G.L.B.T., marriage

10. Fr. Zuhlsdorf responds to the question of "How should a bishop carry the crosier?"

See the blog post "QUAERITUR: How should a bishop carry the crosier?", by The Rev. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, dated April 10, 2013, downloaded from Fr. Z's Blog (olim: What Does The Prayer Really Say?):


Labels: Hierarchy

11. "Data from the ABS 2006-07 Family Characteristics Survey reveal that around one in four (23%) young adults aged 18-34 years reported experiencing the divorce or permanent separation of their parents before they were 18 years old. In contrast, the same survey revealed that less than one in ten (8%) young adults who were aged 18-34 years in 1976 had experienced parental divorce or permanent separation before they were 18 years old."

The quotation in that headline comes from the "Young adults: Then and now" webpage of "4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, April 2013", downloaded from the website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (A.B.S.):


The relevant section of that webpage refers to the A.B.S.'s "Parental divorce or death in childhood" webpage of "4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, Sep 2010", which is available here:


Labels: divorce, families, marriage

12. Some points of interest in connection with Rio+20—The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Rio+20 came to my attention via the article "$900,000 spent on failed Brazil talkfest", by Mr. Steve Lewis, under a page headline of "158 DAYS TO GO", p. 08, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Vol. 1, No. 2818, ISSN 1038-8745, published by Nationwide News Pty. Ltd., a version of which article is available online under the headline "Julia Gillard's delegation to Brazil for climate change summit cost taxpayers $900,000", by the same author, on the same date, at The Daily Telegraph's website:


Here are some points of interest to me (the parts in small type are quotations):
  • Rio+20 reaffirmed the world’s commitment to women’s equal rights, including in economic and political decision making, and committed to removing barriers to the equal participation of women in sustainable development. Rio+20 agreed to promote equal access by women and girls to education, health care services, and economic opportunities and to ensure universal access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable modern methods of family planning.
    [p. 6, Rio+20 Outcomes for Australia, Australian Government, downloaded from the website of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population, and Communities:
  • … The National Women's Health Policy aims to improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia and the National Family Planning Program aims to coordinate national family planning efforts, which allow individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children through the use of contraceptive methods and the prevention and treatment of involuntary infertility.
    [p. 8, ibid.]
  • 145. We call for the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, and the outcomes of their review conferences, including the commitments leading to sexual and reproductive health and the promotion and protection of all human rights in this context. We emphasize the need for the provision of universal access to reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

    146. We commit to reduce maternal and child mortality and to improve the health of women, youth and children. We reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and to protect the rights of women, men and youth to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including access to sexual and reproductive health, free from coercion, discrimination and violence. We will work actively to ensure that health systems provide the necessary information and health services addressing the sexual and reproductive health of women, including by working towards universal access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable modern methods of family planning, as this is essential for women’s health and advancing gender equality.

    [p. 28, The future we want (annexed to the United Nations General Assembly resolution "66/288. The future we want", 123rd plenary meeting, July 27, 2012, downloaded from the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development website:
  • 241. We are committed to promote the equal access of women and girls to education, basic services, economic opportunities and health-care services, including addressing women’s sexual and reproductive health, and ensuring universal access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable modern methods of family planning. In this regard, we reaffirm our commitment to implement the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the key actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action.
    [p. 46, ibid.]
  • … nearly half of Australia´s aid expenditure in 2009-10 was in support of activities promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
    [from the "Address to the High Level Summit of the Women Leaders' Forum on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro" by The Hon. Julia Gillard M.P., dated Thursday, June 21, 2013, downloaded from the "Press Office" section of the Prime Minister's website:
    According to the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID),
    Nearly half of the overall aid program is invested in activities that have either a primary or secondary objective of promoting gender equality and empowering women. …
    [p. 17, Promoting opportunities for all: Gender equality and women’s empowerment[; ]Thematic Strategy November 2011, published by AusAID, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia, December 2011, © Commonwealth of Australia 2011, downloaded from AusAID's website:
For more on Australian Government foreign-affairs activity regarding Feminism, abortion, and contraception, see item 1 of this Notes post and item 7 of this Notes post.

Labels: abortion, contraception, feminism, U.N.O.

13. According to New Zealand's "Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013", "marriage means the union of 2 people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity".

The second quotation, including the bold type, in that headline comes from p. 2 of the PDF document which you can download from this webpage at the New Zealand Legislation website:


Labels: G.L.B.T., marriage, New Zealand

14. "As well as the changes to succession, the bill would limit those who needed the monarch's consent to marry to only the first six in line to the throne."

The quotation in that headline comes from the article "Queensland warned for dragging heels on royal succession changes", by Judith Ireland, dated April 18, 2013, downloaded from The Sydney Morning Herald's website:


Labels: monarchy

Reginaldvs Cantvar
St. George's Day, A.D. 2013

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