Some in the media have making an ideological push for Australians to tick the “no religion” box. This sells many people short.
We all know people of faith who practise irregularly or who connect to God and the Church in ways other than Mass attendance. They are all part of our family.
Knowing where people of faith are, whatever their level of practice, allows us to plan for essential infrastructure such as churches, schools, hospitals and aged care services.
It allows us to do what the Church has always done: to care for the local community. For very practical reasons, then, you might urge all your people to mark “Catholic” on the census form and to encourage their family and friends to mark their religion on the form as well.
Archbishop of Brisbane
President – Australian Catholic Bishops Conference