The Church’s teachings on social justice are founded on the Gospel and have developed strongly over the last 140 years to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world and to respond to a variety of misinformed and in some cases noxious theories of politics and government. The Social Justice Council gives lay people a significant role in promoting the principles of social justice throughout the community in the hope that this awareness will help governments and public institutions adhere to right notions of justice and the common good. Other agencies such as Catholic Mission and Caritas promote social justice through education and through well-organised and on-going responses to the cries of those in need around the world.
Caritas Australia is part of one of the world’s largest and most effective emergency response networks. The agency also supports communities around the world through long term development programs. Caritas Australia helps people to help themselves regardless of race, religion, or political beliefs. Help make a difference today.
Caritas provides overseas aid and development, conducts Project Compassion, emergency disaster relief appeals and Just Leadership days; provides informed speakers to parishes and schools.
The Catholic Justice Ecology and Development Office takes up the task of justice issues in social structures from the previous Catholic Social Justice Council, with ecological and development matters added to its brief. This office offers a Christian context for issues relating to justice, ecology and development, and helps to spread Catholic Social Teaching in the local Church and in the wider community.
Director: Carol Mitchell
The Catholic Mission is the Pope’s official and universal mission aid agency for the Propagation of the Faith and the formation of seminarians in developing countries. It raises funds for the missionary work of the Catholic parishes, schools and seminaries in the isolated, impoverished, war-devastated and marginalised communities of EVERY developing country world-wide. In this vein Catholic Mission represents three Pontifical Societies.
Diocesan Director: Mr Francis Leong