Social Justice Statement to be launched today
Jesus, Light for the World - Living the Gospel Today - this year's Catholic Social Justice Sunday Statement, based on Gospel accounts of Jesus' ministry - will be launched in Sydney this morning.
The Statement will be launched by Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre. Sr Patty Fawkner SGS, Director of Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre will respond.
Jesus, Light for the World - Living the Gospel Today is based on Gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus and the call to care for people who are marginalised - the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger (Mt 25:31-46).
Among many issues, the Statement highlights the amount of wealth we waste in a world where poverty affects billions. Each year Australians spend more than $10 billion on products and services that are not used, including $5 billion on food that is ultimately thrown out. The pursuit of wealth and economic demands can leave people with less time for family and friends, health and spiritual fulfilment.
Australia's overwhelming response to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami shed light on our generosity and compassion. We cannot turn from the great issues facing our world, from environmental degradation to poverty to refugees to war. For many people in our world the light we offer may be their only hope.
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has produced a range of complementary resources to assist parish communities, schools and social justice groups. Click on the website home page image at right for details.
2005 Social Justice Sunday Statement (Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane 13/9/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council |
Letter from Archbishop Francis Carroll | Order form | Summary | Liturgy notes | Teachers' resources
'Church in World' focus for Social Justice Statement (CathNews 16/8/05)
Social Justice Statement launched (CathNews 23/9/04)
14 Sep 2005