The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s Briefing for July is now up on the website. This month’s briefing announces the theme for the 2016-17 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Social Justice Statement: “A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society.”
From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:
This year’s Statement is titled A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society. It celebrates the value, dignity and significant contributions of older people to the life of the community.
The number of Australians aged 65 and over will more than double by the middle of the century. This has been rightly described as ‘the great success story of human development’. Increasing numbers of older people have an excellent chance of enjoying good health and an active life for many years.
In solidarity with all generations, older people have a rightful place in the heart of community life. The Bishops confront the utilitarianism in our society that values people only for what they produce and contribute economically and that, at worst, can regard older people as burdensome or dispensable.
The Briefing also includes information about how to pre-order the Statement for Social
Justice Sunday (25th September). You can read it here.
The ACBC have released a summary of the Social Justice Statement, which can be read and/or downloaded here.