Australian Catholic Social Justice Council_October Briefing


The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for October is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in October 2018, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here (ACSJC_Monthly Briefing_No 205)



  • Symposium seeks action to end street sleeping in Sydney
  • Social Justice Statement 2018-19 – Order now!
  • Francis warns against rise in racism and intolerance
  • Social Justice Statement 2018-19 – Order now!
  • Social Justice Events 

    1-5 October – NATSICC National Assembly

    1 October – International Day for Older Persons

    14-20 October – Anti-Poverty Week

From the Secretariat, John Ferguson:

It’s time to assert secure and affordable housing as a human right


On Thursday September 6, we launched the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2018–2019 Social Justice Statement, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land.’

Time to assert that secure and affordable housing is a human right

‘I visited appalling rooming houses, crawled through squats, picked up homeless people from the streets and negotiated accommodation with both private and community landlords. I also interviewed numerous homeless people gathering data about their lives and experiences and was educated by them about their pathways into homelessness.’

‘It is time for governments, and indeed all of the community, to assert that secure and affordable housing is a human right – and to act to make this a reality. We need a national strategy to address homelessness that combines the commitment of the Commonwealth, State and local governments as well as businesses and developers, the community sector and local community groups’ said Netty Horton.


Time to end the denial and lock in housing targets
Jack de Groot said that it was time to make serious inroads into addressing homelessness.

‘We are a rich nation. An advanced economy. And a Society in denial.


The immediate threat of homelessness for asylum seekers
Bishop Vincent Long acknowledged the work of Netty and Jack, and all those who assist people who experience housing insecurity and homelessness.

‘We should pay tribute to the diocesan social service agencies, the lay associations including the Society of St Vincent de Paul, members of Religious Orders, and initiatives such as the Mercy Foundation, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Australian Catholic Housing Alliance.’

In his introductory message, Bishop Long writes:

‘We are reminded that we have the same experience as the Samaritan: we see people in the street who are in need of help, wounded by violence, misfortune or poverty. We face the same choice: do we walk past or do we stop and help?’

Catholic Bishops’ Statement and associated resources
There are many ways the message of the Bishops’ 2018–2019 Statement can be promoted throughout the year ahead.

The Statement can be downloaded from the ACSJC website.

View this short video from the ACSJC website and consider passing it on to your local parish.



Social Justice Diary

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Retiring into Poverty (Mercy Foundation Report)

NATSICC Assembly 2018



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