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Aussie survey of priests

A survey reveals "what Australian Catholic priests really think about their lives and their church," claim researchers John O'Carroll of Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, and Chris McGillion, who coordinates the university's journalism program.

The two surveyed 542 of the country's 3,000 active and retired priests, finding that many were critical of their bishops and don't believe some church teachings.

Seventy percent of those surveyed thought priestly celibacy should be optional; 40 percent said premarital sex was sinful; and 19.2 percent called it a sin for married couples to use birth control.


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