The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for July is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in July 2017, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here.
From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council is preparing for the launch in September of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2017–2018.
This year’s Statement is titled Everyone’s Business: Developing an inclusive and sustainable economy. The Statement is built around the Gospel for Social Justice Sunday: Matthew 20:1-16. Jesus tells the parable of the workers in the vineyard, where all are active contributors and are recognised for their human dignity.
The Bishops call for an economy that is founded on justice and offers dignity and inclusion to every person.
In doing so, they emphasise the call of Pope Francis for an economic system that places men and women at the very centre – one that meets the needs of all people and is just and sustainable. He denounces economic structures that take a purely utilitarian view of human beings, treating them as mere elements of production, to be thrown away if they are not seen as useful or productive.