The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) Briefing for April is now up on the website. The Briefing covers issues of Catholic social teaching in April 2019, highlighting resources, media items and diary events. It can be read here (ACSJC_Monthly Briefing_No 210)
Welcome to the monthly news and information briefing from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, the social justice and human rights agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. This email contains highlights only. The full Briefing is online.
Australians have been shocked and saddened by this senseless attack by an Australian against the peaceful nation of New Zealand. The violence unleashed on defenceless men, women and children is an abomination to all who respect life and who treasure peace and harmony in their communities. That these communities were attacked in their Mosques as they observed Friday Prayer heightens the evil that has befallen a faithful people. Read more
This 32-page booklet, written by Professor John Esposito, is beautifully illustrated and answers the most commonly-asked questions about Islam. It dispels the stereotypes and misrepresentation that too often prevail in the secular press. Order copies for your home, school, parish or community. Read more
The 2019 Social Justice Diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice. The Diary provides a social justice program for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are included. It is an essential resource for teachers and parishes. Read more
As a Federal election approaches, now is the time for a clear message of compassion and justice for refugees and asylum seekers. Around the country, communities will be participating in annual Palm Sunday Walks for Justice for Refugees. The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) has developed a webpage where you can find and register your attendance at your local walk or add one you know is missing in your local area. Visit the CAPSA webpage to find your local event and access prayer and other resources. Read more
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Neither employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, the Church has told the Fair Work Commission. The Church has made submissions on the minimum wage since 2003 with a focus on low-paid workers and their families, arguing for a decent standard of living for wage-dependent families. Megan Kavanagh, a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Employment Relations Reference Group, said there has been a tradition in Australia – dating back to the Harvester decision in 1907 – that people in full-time work with dependants should not live in poverty. Read more
King was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. Read more
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