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New hope on stolen wages
The election of two Aboriginal candidates to the Queensland parliament will hopefully mount pressure on Labor to move on an issue that has plagued the state. Amy McQuire reports for New Matilda.  

Benefit debt punishment out of proportion
Why are we burdening some of the poorest mothers in the country with lifetime debts while writing off the tax debts of some of our richest citizens? asks Catriona MacLennan in New Zealand Herald.  

Child abuse figures fall
The number of children being abused in New Zealand has fallen for the first time in a decade and the children’s commissioner Russell Wills attributes the fall to greater collaboration among agencies.
Listen to him on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report  

Make Wealth History: Shareholder activism?
On February 13 the inaugural Global Divestment Day will take place, calling on investors and organisations to divest from fossil fuels. Universities have been the main target of the divestment campaign so far.  

Churchman’s advice for Joe Hockey
As a former business executive, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks with particular authority on economic issues. In a recent landmark speech on the 'Good Economy' he stresses that everybody including the marginalised has a role to play. As our Coalition MPs undergo soul searching in order to reconnect with the Australian people, they might consider the virtues of a reduced pace of economic growth that has more universal benefit.  

Bearing witness, being church: Dominican Sisters in Iraq
In the middle of camps overflowing with Iraqi refugees from the terrorism of Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena are trying to make life work. They get up every morning for prayer and spend the rest of the day visiting the thousands of refugees living in the abandoned malls and unfinished construction sites of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Dawn Cherie Araujo writes for National Catholic Reporter.  

High Court fails high seas detainees
The Abbott Government had a thumping big win in the High Court on Tuesday. All seven High Court judges have made it clear that there is next to nothing that can be done in the courts to question the government's approach. It is lawful, acceptable to government, and hardly a matter of concern to the Australian community, that 157 asylum seekers, including children, can be kept in windowless detention on an Australian vessel for a month on the high seas in the Indian Ocean.  

Stop boats start talking
“The fact that [Operation Sovereign Borders] has stopped the boats ... should be the start of a conversation not the end of it,” said Travers McLeod, chief executive officer at the Centre for Policy Development (CPD), an Australian think tank.  

Zionist tour for Muslim-Americans sparks anger in Palestine
An all-expenses paid trip to Israel organised for Muslim-American leaders by a Duke University-based imam has set off howls of protest in the United States and left Palestinians shaking their heads in disbelief. The Muslim Leadership initiative, has just finished its second trip to the Holy Land leaving a great deal controversy in its wake.  

See also
Sharing the stories of the people living, laughing, crying and dying in Gaza – A new initiative to encourage young Palestinians in Gaza to write.  

Francis declares Oscar Romero a martyr
Pope Francis has signed a decree declaring Archbishop Oscar Romero died a martyr, raising expectations that a beatification could be announced within months, reports The Tablet.  

See also
“the people in the parish have been waiting and waiting for this”  

Cash for cans to clean up the environment
The NSW government will introduce cash for containers recycling, with Premier Mike Baird writing to the beverages industry last week to invite companies to get on board and help clean up the state's beaches, parks and rivers.  


A smarter, more humane approach to crime that saves lives and builds safer communities.
Australia’s First Peoples are dramatically over-represented in prison statistics. ANTaR is campaigning to change this unacceptable situation and to end Aboriginal deaths in custody. Join us!  

Call for speakers
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council are making a call for speakers to present at the Darwin Assembly 2-6 July 2015.  

Getting to know Catholic Social Teaching
For many years people have said that Catholic Social Teaching is our best kept secret, but I don’t think this is true anymore, writes Sandie Cornish.  

Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities
Edited by John D'Arcy May
Professor Frank Brennan, Fr Max Vodola, Revd Gerald Rose, Revd Geoff Pound, Revd Raymond Cleary, Dr Mark Zirnsak, Major Jenny Begent, Fr Shenouda Boutros, and Margaret Coffey examine the social traditions of seven churches for today.
This book is available through Social Policy Connections for $25+$5 postage.
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Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities
Edited by John D'Arcy May
Professor Frank Brennan, Fr Max Vodola, Revd Gerald Rose, Revd Geoff Pound, Revd Raymond Cleary, Dr Mark Zirnsak, Major Jenny Begent, Fr Shenouda Boutros, and Margaret Coffey examine the social traditions of seven churches for today.
This book is available through Social Policy Connections for $25+$5 postage.

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Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation
10-15 March 2015 McLaren Vale.

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ERC Asylum Seekers and Refugees
An education resource with activities for students, focusing on real people and their stories.
The resource is available to download at no cost. For information call 02 8762 4200 or go to erc.org.au

End gender-based violence
With an estimated up to two million people, mostly women and children, trafficked annually for prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, the United Nations’ UNiTE campaign focusing on ending violence against women and children has called for a focus on this issue on the 25th of every month.  

Let the Son Shine
An Australian Catholic response to climate change

The words 'climate change' are on many people’s lips. Scientific evidence has convinced many that humans are largely responsible for this change and must act urgently to address it. Others have been shocked out of complacency and into reflection by fickle weather conditions, ranging from recent hurricanes in New Orleans to a ten-year drought throughout Australia. So says Columban Fr Charles Rue in a new release, Let the Son Shine  

The Call to Justice in Scripture
How do you experience the Scriptures calling you to live justly? This PowerPoint can be used for personal reflection or as stimulus material for group discussion. Reflecting on The Call to Justice in Scripture  

 

 


Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Major International Catholic Social Teaching Documents

Key Principles

Human Dignity
Each person, made in the image and likeness of God, has an inalienable and transcendent human dignity which gives rise to human rights.

The Common Good
We are called to work for conditions which ensure that every person and group in society is able to meet their needs and realize their potential.

Subsidiarity
The people or groups most directly affected by a decision or policy should have a key decision making role.

Solidarity
We can only grow and achieve our potential in relationship with others. Solidarity encourages us to commit ourselves to the common good.