Social Justice Statements

In a tradition reaching back to 1940, the Australian Catholic Bishops release major social justice statements each year in time for Social Justice Sunday. Through this tradition they contribute to the development of local Catholic Social Teaching. The statements encourage the Catholic community to reflect and act on social, economic and ecological issues. They remind us of the social dimension of the mission of the Church.

Previously Social Justice Sunday was celebrated on the last Sunday in September. From 2020, Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated in Australia on the last Sunday in August.

Recent Social Justice Statements

Social Justice Statement 2020-21
Social Justice Statement 2020-21 Bishop Vincent Long introduces the Social Justice Statement 2020-21 To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting t…

Social Justice Statement 2019-20
Social Justice Statement 2019-20 View a video summary. Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice…

Social Justice Statement 2018-19
Social Justice Statement 2018-19 Social Justice Statement: A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 …

Social Justice Statement 2017-18
Social Justice Statement 2017-18 Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy Pope Francis has called for an economic system that places men and women at the very cen…

Social Justice Statement 2016-17
Social Justice Statement 2016-17 Watch the video summary. A Place at the TableSocial justice in an ageing society The number of Australians aged 65 and over will more than double by the middle of…

Social Justice Statement 2015-16
Social Justice Statement 2015-16

The Social Justice Statement 2015-16 invites us to reflect on the call of Jesus to welcome those in most need and to give comfort to those who come to us in flight from fear and suffering.

Social Justice Statements 1988 – 2013

The full text of the Social Justice Statements for this period are conveniently collected in one fully indexed volume titled Building Bridges.

Download Statements for 2000 to 2013


Lazarus at Our Gate: A critical moment in the fight against world poverty


The Gift of Family in Difficult Times: The social and economic challenges facing families today


Building Bridges, Not Walls: Prisons and the justice system


Violence in Australia: A message of peace


And you will be my witnesses: Young people and justice


A Rich Young Nation: The challenge of affluence and poverty in Australia


Who is my Neighbour?: Australia as a Global Citizen


The Heart of our Country: Dignity and justice for our Indigenous sisters and brothers


Jesus, light for the world: Living the Gospel today


Peace be with you: Cultivating a culture of peace


A generous heart in the love of Christ: Challenging racism in Australia today


A New Earth: The environmental challenge


A just and peaceful land: Rural and regional Australia in 2001


Woman and Man: The Bishops Respond