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Information on the Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Bill:
http://www.cam.org.au/euthanasia – Archdiocesan website: Promote Care, Oppose Euthanasia

http://www.noeuthanasia.org.au/ - HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

You are encouraged to read the Social Justice Statement 2016/17: “A place at the table: Social Justice in an ageing society”

 
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2017

Social Justice Statement 2017/18

Everyone’s Business:
Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy

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In this year’s Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017–18, the Bishops call for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.

Australia has experienced a quarter of a century of continuous economic growth, but the benefits of this good fortune have not been distributed equally. In our workplaces, conditions and security of employment have been eroded, while those who are unemployed subsist on incomes well below poverty levels. Australia is experiencing a housing crisis. And our Indigenous brothers and sisters struggle with economic and social burdens that most Australians cannot imagine.

In the light of these challenges, the Statement calls us to build an economy founded on true solidarity with those who are most vulnerable. Such a society will reject an ‘ideology of the market’ that forgets the principles of justice and equity. Justice must be built into the very foundations of our community, and business can work for everybody’s benefit, not just for shareholders. The excluded and vulnerable must have a voice in decision-making. God is calling us to use his bounty wisely, for the good of all and of our planet.

Ahead of Social Justice Sunday on 24 September, Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, and Fr Joe Caddy, Episcopal Vicar of Social Services, Justice and Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, launched the Statement in our Archdiocese at the St. Francis' Pastoral Centre in Melbourne CBD. Photos HERE. Article HERE.

Each one of us has a responsibility to place Catholic Social Teaching in action in the economic life of our community!

To order copies of the Statement for your parish, school or community, and to download useful resources to assist in putting the statement into action visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website. (http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/publications/social-justice-statements)

 
2017 PALM SUNDAY WALK FOR REFUGEES AND PRAYER SERVICE

Palm Sunday, 9 April 2017
 
Melbourne Catholic article - 2017 Palm Sunday March 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Palm Sunday Walk for Refugees and the prayer service. Your support was immense despite the rain and wind. 
 
Resources for further action, including the Toolkit that was launched at the Prayer Service: CAPSA - Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum
 

#BRINGTHEMHERE 

 
On 13 October 2016, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement supporting the "Bring Them Here" campaign urging the government to close the offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island and allow asylum seekers to stay in Australia while their claims are being decided upon.
 
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart says, "The Australian Catholic Bishops also deplore the detention of our brothers and sisters on Nauru and Manus Island. While recognising the effort of the Government to find a solution, we say that enough is enough. We call on the Government to bring offshore detainees to Australia while awaiting further decisions on their future.

"We endorse the campaign to ‘Bring Them Here’ to Australia. We pledge the help of our Catholic communities and institutions to welcome and support these refugees when they arrive, including Catholic health, education and social services." 
 
 

  
 

2016

2016 RERUM NOVARUM ORATION

Download copies of Fr Seán McDonagh presentation here:
PowerPoint [18mb]  PDF [31mb]

 
 

Statement by Bishop Vincent Long on the High Court ruling regarding Asylum Seekers

 

 
On the 4th of February 2016 Bishop Vincent Long ofm conv, released a statement in regards to the decision of the Australian High Court regarding off shore detention and allowing for asylum seekers to be sent back to these centers.

He urges the government to show compassion and mercy towards the families affected by this decision and also to look after the wellbeing of all especially the children.

He also made it very clear that “The Catholic Church is prepared to collaborate with other community organisations to provide support for asylum seekers.”
 
To read the full statement click on the link below and continue to check in with us here or on our facebook page for possible events happening to show solidarity with all who seek asylum.
 
 
 

Mass for refugees

 
 
 
 
 

2015

Ranjini's Plight

Ranjini is one of a number of people (predominantly Tamils) who are currently being held in indefinite detention due to a hole in Australia's legal system. To find out more and show your support head to Letters for Ranjini

RERUM NOVARUM

We would like to thank all those involved in making the Rerum Novarum event possible. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez provided an incredible insight into both Pope Francis and Blessed Oscar Romero. We thank him for his positive approach and hope he will return in the future. 

We would also like to thank the students of Catholic Ladies College and St. Monica's College who came to represent their schools and lastly we would like to thank everyone who came to hear the Cardinal’s wisdom 

 

 

 

Climate March

Mathew O'Leary and John Cull of Aquinas college at the climate March 
 
We would like to thank all those who came to the climate march with us on 27 November 2015. we in particular would like to thank those who came representing schools.  
 
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez was welcomed warmly and spoke of the importance of protecting the natural resources we have and also promoted Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si. we are also grateful to the Cardinal for making time during his brief trip to appear at this event.
 
 

March for Babies

Come out and support those who don't have a voice!
 

Social Justice Statement Launch

Social Justice Statement 2015

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2015–16 challenges Australians to think again about our national response to asylum seekers, especially those who come to Australia by sea. It invites us to recognise the desperation that has driven these people to seek refuge far from their homes.

The Statement’s title is For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers. The title, taken from the words of our National Anthem, is intended to remind all Australians of how this nation has aspired to be a place of welcome and inclusion.

In this Statement, the Bishops address the divisive national debate over asylum seekers, especially those who arrive by boat. They confront Australia’s current deterrence-based response and remind us of the needs of the nearly 60 million people who are displaced around the world.

 
for more information visit the Australian Social Justice Council website 

 

Indigenous Student Day 2015




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World Social Justice day Mass


 
On Friday 20th of February St. Monica’s invited the Office for Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Melbourne to attend their Mass on World Social Justice Day. Their Social Justice leaders and staff were present and it gave a great witness as to the passion which students have for Social Justice.

It was a very reverent Mass and allowed for great reflection on the social justice issues which impact on the youth. The Mass also highlighted the importance of Social Justice during Lent as a time of giving and receiving and the true value of fasting not just at a personal level but how it can affect others around us.

The Mass was also one which gave great hope as there were many student leaders joyfully participating in Mass (after school on a hot Friday) showing passion for the needs of others in their community and globally.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to St. Monica’s for inviting our office to celebrate this truly faithful celebration of Mass.

 

 

2014 AND EARLIER

No Charge. No Trial. No Appeal.


 

RERUM NOVARUM ORATION 
A Stitch in Time. Early intervention in Psychiatry. Young People at risk

ALL WELCOME.
 
7.00 - 7.30 pm start
Monday 1st December 2014
Orator: Prof Patrick McGorry AO
Respondent: Prof John Gleeson
Phillipa Brazil Theatre, Daniel Mannix Building,
Australian Catholic University
8 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

"
Whoever suffers from mental illness always bears God’s image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In addition, they always have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.”
St John Paul II

                               Pope Francis
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Truly I say to you,
to the extent that you did it
to one of these brethren of Mine,
even the least of them,
you did it to Me.

Remember this name:

Remember this name:
JOSEPH
KONY
WHY IS HIS TIME UP?

 

Can you spare 30 minutes to save 30,000 children?

 

[Change the world here]

Northern Territory Elders meet in Melbourne

Concerned Australians in conjunction with the Office for Justice and Peace, recently hosted Indigenous Elders from the Northern Territory to discuss the Northern Territory Intervention.

Click here to download Statement by Northern Territory Elders and Community Representatives: No More! Enough is enough!
(4th November 2011)

2011 RERUM NOVARUM ORATION

Almost 600 people packed Central Hall, Fitzroy to hear Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen and the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser discuss a just solution for asylum seekers

 

Listen to speakers

[HERE]

 

 

Further information / inquiries:

justice @cam.org.au