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 2021-22

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…

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Social Justice Statement 2020-21

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…

Social Justice Statement 2019-20

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…

Social Justice Statement 2018-19

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…

Social Justice Statement 2017-18

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 …

Social Justice Statement 2016-17

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’.

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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 Statement 2014-15

A Crown for Australia: Striving for the Best in Our Sporting Nation The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2014–2015 challenges us to look at the place of sport in… 

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