Welcome to the Justice, Ecology & Development Office (JEDO) within the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, Western Australia.

We acknowledge the four permanent principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
1) Dignity of the human person;
2) Solidarity in relationships & communities;
3) Working for the Common Good; with the preferential option for the poor; and care
for all creation through integral ecology; &
4) Promoting Subsidiarity.

With these four permanent principles of Catholic Social Teaching as our guide, we welcome your inclusion & participation in our call to action.


Safeguarding Commitment Statement (PDF)  Modern SLAVERY Statement (PDF)  ULURU Statement (PDF)  A Beginner’s Guide to the ULURU Statement (PDF)

Recent News across the Archdiocese and the World

Pope Francis


Mission, Service and Social Justice Action

Pope Francis released his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ on June 18, 2015 in Rome, with the subtitle, ‘On care for our common home.’
The encyclical calls on us to be protectors of one another, and of the environment.
You can read the encyclical by clicking on the button to the right.

Pope Francis released his Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti on October 3, 2020 in Rome, with the subtitle, ‘On Fraternity and Social Friendship’.

“As I was writing this letter, the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities…For all our hyper-connectivity, we witnessed a fragmentation that made it more difficult to resolve problems that affect us all…

…It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Fraternity between all men and women….We need a community that supports and helps us, in which we can help one another to keep looking ahead…. Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all…’

You can read the encyclical by clicking on the button to the right.

Pope Francis released his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium on November 24, 2013 in Rome, with the subtitle, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’.

“…[183]. Consequently, no one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society. Who would claim to lock up in a church and silence the message of Saint Francis of Assisi or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta? They themselves would have found this unacceptable. An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed “the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics”, the Church “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice”.

You can read the encyclical by clicking on the button to the right.

Aboriginal Acknowledgement Plaque Orders

Small polyprop plastic plaque (149mm by 72 mm) with a brass-coloured, matte finish. Each plaque is printed with the above inscription in black, and has adhesive on the back for mounting.


JEDO sells the plaques pictured above at $9.50 each, with the option of pick up from JEDO or delivery to your nominated address.  To order plaques for yourself, or your parish, school or workplace, download and complete the order form below and return it to admin.jedo@perthcatholic.org.au.


The use of such plaques on entrances to homes and other buildings, in classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms or libraries, and in churches or chapels, serve to remind Australians of the presence of the Aboriginal people in our land millennia before the making of the Australian colonies and the Australian nation.  The use of plaques such as these were one of the recommendations of the 2006 Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), called The Heart of our Country: Dignity and Justice for our Indigenous Sisters and Brothers.  More information on current or previous Social Justice Statements is available from the Office for Social Justice, Ecology and Peace (JEP) website: www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au

The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth acknowledge the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, the

Traditional Custodians who have walked upon and cared for this land for tens of thousands of years.  We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of Reconciliation.




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