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
The Bishop’s Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, affirms that “we human beings need a change of heart, mind, and behaviour.’ It draws from Scripture, from the theologi…
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 t…
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2019 – 2020, Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity…
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 is titled A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land. It confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and hou…
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017–18 is titled ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’. The Bishops call for an economy that is founded …
The number of Australians aged 65 and over will more than double by the middle of the century. This has been rightly described as ‘the great success story of human development’.
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