Why the ACSJC Opposes the Death Penalty

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The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation. A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals to chance to reform (cf. Evangelium Vitae, 27). I renew the appeal I made most recently at Christmas for a consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary.

Pope John Paul II, St Louis, Missouri, 27 January 1999

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Building Bridges: Communities of faith working together in multicultural Australia

A conference sponsored by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office and the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

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People Smuggling

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This paper outlines the concern of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) and the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) regarding recent Federal Government changes to the regulations governing the treatment of those who arrive in Australia without authority and the phenomena of ‘people smuggling’.

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Welfare Review

The Australian Government's welfare review seeks to reform the welfare system.  It needs to be based on realistic expectations, to acknowledge the inequality in opportunity and the diversity of need in Australian society, and to take into consideration the structural forces which have led to people needing welfare.  The ACSJC supports the process of inviting submissions and draws attention to the following points.

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Catholics & the Process of Reconciliation

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The relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians has been wounded by injustice and misunderstanding.  The relationship needs healing so that we can build a better future together.  This is what the process of reconciliation is about.

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