Between 2006 and 2011, the number of families with at least one Catholic parent increased by almost 126,000 families to 2,019,534, according to official data from last year’s Census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The E-News Bulletin of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Research Office reports that families with at least one Catholic account for 35.5 per cent of all Australian families.
19.6 per cent of families have both parents Catholic. 17.5 per cent have one parent Catholic and the other a Cristian of another denomination, while 8.3 per cent have one Catholic parent and one of no religion (or not stated).
35 per cent of Catholic families have a weekly income of $2,000 or more, as do families with no Catholics.
Catholic families (Pastoral Research Office, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference E-News Bulletin)