Social Justice Trends_April 2020


Dear Friend

As we approach Holy Week this year we reflect on death and threats to a healthy and dignified life – but not without the hope of the Resurrection!


Love in a Time of COVID-19
Our staff are working remotely and limiting visits to the office, for their own safety and that of others. The best way to contact us is via email or by phoning 02 8306 3499. There may be delays in dispatching publications. Please visit our website and social media feeds to stay in touch as things develop.Sandie Cornish reflects on the call to solidarity in a time of COVID-19.Read more


Not a Time to Look After Ourselves Only
Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Commission for Social Justice – Mission and Service, encourages us all to care for each other and be protectors of life like St Joseph by “not doing anything that might spread the virus to others with whom we live in community”. Further, we need to “listen to our medical experts and not to conspiracy theorists who use any crisis to profiteer or stir up hatred and division”.Read more


Good Friday & the Death Penalty
On Good Friday we remember the crucifixion of Jesus together with two criminals. Today the death penalty is still used in many countries for the punishment of crimes. On 11 May 2018, Pope Francis approved a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church concerning the death penalty. The Church now teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable and should be abolished.Read more


7 May – World Password Day
Security researcher Mark Burnett’s idea of a “password day” when people update important passwords is now celebrated on the first Thursday of May. It’s a great time to learn about strong passwords, multi-factor authentication and password managers. Visit our website for useful links.Read more


16 – 24 May – Laudato Si’ Week 
Laudato Si’ Week celebrates the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. It is a great time to read the encyclical again, and to reflect on our next steps in responding to its message. A video from Pope Francis and other resources are available on our website.Read more


26 May – National Sorry Day
First observed in 1998, National Sorry Day is a time to remember the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the Stolen Generations. Did you know that the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families under a variety of Government policies continued until 1970?Read more


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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Max Davies, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop Donald Sproxton, Bishop William Wright.

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