Dear Friends, I write to inform you of significant changes occurring with the Office for Social Justice and to ask for your continued support for the work of this small office that serves the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service. Following… Read More »Thankyou & Farewell
Greetings Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has been undergoing a period of review and renewal. It follows the 10-yearly review of the Bishops Conference and a review of funding for the Bishops Conference. Many changes took place within the… Read More »Making a New Way
Pope Francis’ new encyclical Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship, issues a strong challenge to xenophobia and an exaggerated focus on national self-interest. It encourages social and economic inclusion at all levels and stresses that all human beings are sisters and brothers, members of… Read More »Brothers and Sisters All
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, has expressed the Australian Bishops’ solidarity with the people of the Philippines in their struggle for justice, human rights and the rule of law in… Read More »Solidarity with the Philippines
This paper was presented by Dr Sandie Cornish at the Catholic Earthcare Convocation 2020 on 3 September 2020. Integral ecology in the spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching Many people expected that Laudato Si’ would be an encyclical about climate change. The COP 21 conference of… Read More »Who are We Before God and in Creation?
In these days of preparation for the Assemblies of the Plenary Council of the Church in Australia the word ‘discernment’ is suddenly being bandied about everywhere. It is often misused as a substitute for ‘decision-making’ or ‘strategic planning’. Archbishop Costelleo addresses this in his paper… Read More »Social Discernment & the Plenary Council
Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promotion Human Integral Development, kicks off the Podcasts From The Future series. Listen here. The podcasts present a series of conversations about the issues being discussed by the Vatican Covid19 Commission, and what is needed to “prepare… Read More »Podcasts from the Future
Mental Health in Australia Today This year’s Social Justice Statement To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, encourages faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority. It is a timely message in the context of… Read More »Social Justice Statement Highlights Mental Health
The Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community.