Election Statement – Politics in Service of Peace, and Pastoral Letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker


Bishops Call For Politics That Promote Peace Common Good  (April 2019)

Dear Friends,


As we move towards the celebration of the Easter Triduum, we are conscious of our society’s need for renewal. Here are two resources to assist your Diocese in the social dimension of its evangelising mission.


Politics in Service of Peace

This morning the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement titled Politics in the Service of Peace for the 2019 Federal election. A copy is attached for your information.  You can also download it here https://www.catholic.org.au/acbc-media/media-centre/media-releases-new/2186-election-statement-politics-in-service-of-peace/file   The bishops call for respect and understanding in the federal election campaign, reminding Australians they all have a part to play in combating “crude tribalism” and promoting peaceful public debate. The statement shares important principles of Catholic social teaching and comments on key policy issues to consider before voting. It is both timely and useful.


Pastoral Letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 2019: An Australian Tradition of Reflection on Work

This year’s pastoral letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker is presented by Bishop Terry Brady, who has taken up the role of Bishops’ Delegate for Social Justice. It provides a useful overview of the concerns raised in pastoral letters for this occasion over the past twenty years. Copies in PDF and Word formats are attached for your use, and the pastoral letter will be available from the ACSJC website before 1 May.


Your help in circulating and promoting these resources would be very much appreciated.


In the lead up to 1 May we will be producing shareable social media content drawing attention to the pastoral letter. If you are active on social media, you can now follow us on Twitter @JusticeCatholic or like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/socialjusticeACBC/ These channels are in the early stages of development and will eventually reflect more consistently the ACSJC Secretariat’s new designation as the Office for Social Justice of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.


With best wishes for Holy Week

Dr Sandie Cornish

Editing & Research Officer

Office for Social Justice

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference


Click here for access to ‘Pastoral Letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 2019′


Click here for access to ‘Politics in Service


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