Religion

The Unnoticed Resurgence of Faith

The Australian Census Commission recently decided to drop the list of boxes for identifying your religion, to be replaced with the question, “Are you religious? Tick this box for ‘No’.” There is no box for “Yes”, just a blank space should people feel like writing something. Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, responded that more precise information was “critical” for national planning, in his case particularly for members of the Eastern Catholic communities—Maronite, Melkite, Ukrainian, Chaldean, Syro-Malobar and Syrian. “The Census has been, and must continue to be, a comprehensive and accurate tool…

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