The largest religious group in Oz is the Catholic Laity, but 90% don't go to mass but most of them staff and send their children to Catholic schools and staff and attend Catholic hospitals. Also most staff Catholic welfare agencies.
This is because most of the Laity don't accept or practise the sexual teachings of the clergy. And to a very small degree because of the sexual scandals of the clergy. And because there is now alternative entertainment available, such as television.
And as a result the Laity is no longer joining the clergy or religious orders, and so the clergy and religious orders are in crisis and are dependent on importing clergy from overseas.
But most of all because the Australian Government gives forty-seven thousand million dollars to religion every year, and the lions share goes to Catholic institutions. And as well, these same Catholic institutions own vast and valuable prime real estate.
So rather than rejecting Catholicism, the Catholic Laity have taken over the Catholic institutions and their income.
Of course the idealists amongst us regard this as rank hypocrisy. But the Catholic Laity are laughing all the way to the bank.
So the Catholic clergy as well as the idealists have been outflanked.
And this is the genius of the Australian Catholic Laity. Rather than having a revolution, the Catholic Laity have, in their typical Australian laconic way, incrementally taken over the Church from the clergy, without fuss.
And the clergy and religious orders put a good face on it by calling it, "Inclusion of the Laity".