Bishop Solis statement on the U.S. Census
Friday, Mar. 27, 2020
Bishop Oscar A. Solis
Over the course of the next few weeks, I implore every person to participate in the 2020 United States Census, fulfilling both a civic and moral obligation.
Our Catholic Church’s social teaching encourages each of us to participate in our government. The census is a vital opportunity to exercise not only our call to community and participation, but also our belief that every person is made in the divine image, every person counts – literally, in terms of the census.
Being counted isn’t just our way of saying we are here, it is our opportunity to show our love for our neighbor by ensuring that all within our community have fair political representation, proper funding for hospitals, schools and emergency services, and solid infrastructure, such as safe roads.
Each and every one of us counts in this country. Our work and our contribution to the common good move beyond the walls of our parishes. All people, regardless of voting eligibility, can be counted in the census. A full, accurate count of everyone from the smallest child to our most distinguished elders, citizens and undocumented alike, lays the foundation for a healthy democracy and community.
Therefore, I urge everyone to fill out the census form either online, through the U.S. Postal Service or by phone. In this way you will not only be doing your civic duty, you will be responding to our Church’s social teaching, and help our community and those most in need.
+The Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis
Bishop of Salt Lake City