By Natashya Fernandez
The Gospel of Matthew 20, verses 1-16 is one that highlights the importance of work, and describes an optimal environment where people can make a living and be respected for their efforts, said Perth Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton, speaking on the occasion of the Perth launch of the 2017-2018 Social Justice Statement.
“An environment where people are trusted and respected, and are allowed to work for their livelihood, but also to enable them to care for those in their responsibility,” Bishop Sproxton said.
The Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) last month coordinated the launch of the 2017-2018 Social Justice Statement, Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy on 21 September, the International Day of Peace, in the presence of Archdiocesan agency Directors and staff.
The statement was officially launched by Bishop Sproxton, who is Vicar for Adult Faith Formation and Parish Renewal.The Justice Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) coordinated the launch of the 2017-2018 Social Justice Statement – Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy on 21 September amidst many of its Archdiocesan agency Directors and staff. Photo: Natashya Fernandez.
JEDO Director Carol Mitchell, said that it was a privilege to launch the 2017-2018 Social Justice Statement from the National Bishops and key agencies such as the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
“The 2017-2018 Social Justice Statement has come to us at a critical time when Australia has experienced an uninterrupted economic growth for more than 25 years and yet nearly three million Australians including 730,000 children are living in poverty,” Ms Mitchell said.
“As mentioned in this statement as people of the Gospel, we have to be concerned about growing inequality and especially about the situation about the more vulnerable in our community. As people of faith, we are people of hope and we are also called to be people of action,” she said.
Archdiocesan agencies from The Shopfront, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Catholic Earthcare Australia came together to discuss and demonstrate how they respond to the varying needs of those who are vulnerable and marginalised in our community. Photo: Natashya Fernandez.