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OSV: Parish priests missed by U.S. census

April 9, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Parish priests missed by U.S. census

By Mary DeTurris Poust

You’ve probably seen the ads for the census: “Stand up and be counted!” That is, unless you’re a Catholic priest living at a parish rectory. Then the census folks aren’t so worried about whether you’re being counted.

A recent email from the USCCB to dioceses across the country recommends that priests specifically request census forms or miss out on being included in the population count.

According to the email, U.S. Government computers don’t send census forms to “businesses,” and the Census Bureau lists all churches as businesses. So any priests living at church addresses will not receive forms.

To request forms, call 800-563-6499, ext 9650.

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