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Social Justice News

For news and resources on specific justice issues (Asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice, Ecological Justice, Economic Justice and Human Trafficking), please proceed to Issues & Advocacy.

Social Justice Statement 2017 18 cvrSocial Justice Sunday is marked on 24 September and the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017–18 is "Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy" which calls for an economy founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.

dignity and workThe 2017 Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy’ and calls for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.

Monday, 07 August 2017 21:20

Homelessness Week: 7-13 August 2017

homeless manFind resources to mark Homelessness Week, an annual event to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues they face.

protestResistance serves to affirm human dignity and the integrity of creation, even if we do not always seem to end injustice, writes CRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc. 

Fr Frank Brennan vigil outside Parliament HouseFr Frank Brennan, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, and other leaders in the social services sector held a vigil in front of Parliament House to remind our elected representatives that they can, and should do more, to rescue Australian children from the grip of poverty.

Friday, 19 May 2017 11:53

World Hunger Day: 28 May 2017

world hunger day logoWorld Hunger Day, an initiative of The Hunger Project will be marked this year on May 28, focusing on the hidden causes of chronic hunger.

Timor Poster justiceWe need your support for a petition calling for a fair and permanent border in the Timor Sea based on the median line to allow Australia and Timor Leste to claim what is rightfully theirs under international law.

mothers dayDid you know that activism for justice is the story behind Mother's Day in contrast to today's commercial and consumerist narrative? 

homeless young man 150Download the April 2017 issue of 'Writing Rings for righting wrongs' from the Josephite Justice Network exploring the issue of housing affordability.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 16:26

Fair work commission cuts to penalty rates

hospitality workerIn a media release, Catholic Religious Australia expresses concern that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and adversely affect the most vulnerable people: the young, women, students.

Monday, 13 February 2017 12:08

Flipping the script

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Father Claude Mostowik msc reflects on transforming a difficult situation with active nonviolence in response to anger and hostility as a path to peace.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:23

Josephite Sister seeks outcome on Timor Gap

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150Josephite Sister Susan Connelly urges Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor, reports The Catholic Leader.

homeless manCatholic ministries joined other Victorian homelessness, housing and social services organisations in an open letter asking for a shift in the conversation away from vilifying rough sleepers to a focus on the lack of affordable housing.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:01

Resources on peace and children's rights

childrens rights report 2016 cvrThe CRA Justice Network offers two main areas for study, reflection and prayer over the holidays and beyond: peace making and the rights of children.

homeless manCatholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) joins over 200 social services organisations calling on the Prime Minister to provide long-term funding to prevent homelessness and support vulnerable women and children.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:30

Call to peace

peace posterWhen violence and hatred in speech and in attitude are proposed as normal, it is time for peace movements, in Australia and elsewhere, to rise up and renew their commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking, writes CRA Justice Coordinator Father Claude Mostowik msc.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:30

Don't cut Newstart

CRA Yr of Mercy 2In a media release, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) expresses its support for those who call for an increase in Newstart allowance rather than imposing stricter obligations upon Australians on welfare payments.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:29

Poverty on the rise in Australia

dignity and workThe Australian Council of Social Service's new report shows that 731,300 children and nearly three million of the general population are living in poverty.

Friday, 30 September 2016 14:41

Anti Poverty Week: 16-22 October

Anti Poverty Wk poster 2016Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship in Australia or overseas. Here are some suggested activities for this week.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:36

Seeking justice for our Timorese neighbours

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150Following the decision from The Hague opening the way for talks between Australia and East Timor on the Timor Sea dispute, Josephite Sister Susan Connelly says it is important for Australians to assist their political representatives to work towards establishing a fair and permanent border with the Timorese.

social justice statement 2016We should celebrate the great ‘success story’ of our ageing population and, as a fair and compassionate nation, foster solidarity among all generations, said Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council at the launch of the 2016-2017 Social Justice Statement on 6 September 2016.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:29

Social justice in an ageing society

elderlyThe Social Justice Statement for 2016–17 urges us to challenge ‘ageism’ which stereotypes older people as being dependent, incapable or a burden on society and think about social justice and policies issues related to our ageing population, writes John Ferguson.

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150It is amazing that Australian tax-payers’ money is being used to fight a small neighbour over where the fence-line should be. And with all the talk about “border protection”, there isn’t a border between Australia and Timor, says Josephite Sister Susan Connelly.

free west papuaChurch leaders are calling on the major political parties to end their double standards on human rights advocacy in the region with successive Australian governments ignoring human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces in West Papua while condemning similar abuses elsewhere in the region, reports The Catholic Leader.

Monday, 13 June 2016 23:30

Discussion guides on dignity and work

dignity and workThe Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) offers three short discussion guides that address critical issues concerning justice for Australia’s most vulnerable workers or for those who confront the reality of unemployment.

Friday, 03 June 2016 09:07

From just war to just peace

peace posterFr Claude Mostowik msc reflects on the need to rethink Catholic teaching on war and peace towards a spirituality of nonviolent peacemaking from his experience of a groundbreaking conference in Rome on this topic early this year.

Monday, 23 May 2016 12:47

NetAct releases 2016 election kit

ausflag150NetAct has published an election kit in the lead up to the Australian federal election to be used for reflection and discussion on current issues from the perspective of our humanity and faith.

free west papuaRead the report from a fact-finding mission to West Papua entitled "We Will Lose Everything". 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:28

Revitalising the tools of nonviolence

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Listen to CRA Justice Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc with other peace advocates on ABC Radio on rethinking the concept of "just war" after attending the groundbreaking conference in Rome on "Non-Violence and Just Peace" early this month.

free west papuaAllegations of recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua, have been documented in a new Church report based on a fact finding mission led by Josephite Sister Susan Connelly, reports The Catholic Leader.

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