Census 2021: Ballarat becoming less religious, priests attribute decline in Christianity to pandemic, colonial past and push towards secularism

Malvika Hemanth
By Malvika Hemanth
June 29 2022 - 9:30am
NON-RELIGIOUS BALLARAT: Ballarat Anglican Church dean and Father Michael Davies believes the decline in those identifying as religious is due to the increase in secularism as well as Christianity's association with colonialism. Picture: Adam Trafford

Once deemed a predominantly Catholic city the latest data from the 2021 census has found Ballarat has become increasingly less religious with notable decline in two of the most populous faiths: Catholicism and Anglicanism.

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Malvika Hemanth

Malvika Hemanth

Journalist

Malvika has a strong interest in covering stories on welfare, cost of living pressures and the arts. She works on the unceded lands of the Wadawurrung people and pays her respect to elders past, present and emerging.