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                                     September 2018        No 204



From the Secretariat
Current Issues/Resources
ACSJC Publications
Social Justice Events:    
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News Monitor
Social Justice Diary


From the Secretariat:


Social Justice Statement looks at impact of all types of homelessness

The Australian Catholic Bishops' 2018–19 Social Justice Statement is titled 'A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land'. It launches on 6 September and looks beyond the classic image of a homeless person as the 'rough sleeper' in the streets. Homelessness includes others in dangerous or overcrowded situations such as couchsurfers and those in temporary accommodation. Their housing situations disrupt their personal and family life, making it difficult or impossible to maintain relationships, to study or to find and keep a job. ... read more From the Secretariat


Current Issues/Resources:

1808bReport points to rise in older women's housing insecurity

The Mercy Foundation, in collaboration with a number of universities and advocacy organisations, has issued a publication titled 'Retiring Into Poverty: A national plan for increasing housing security for older women'. The report outlines the issues facing older women living in housing insecurity or homelessness and identifies needed changes to policies and programs.  ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1808cSocial Justice Statement 2018–2019 available now

The ACSJC is now taking orders for copies of this year's statement on the critical issue of homelessness (see above). An order form, a letter from the President of the Bishops Conference and a summary material are available on the ACSJC website. The website will also have resources available for download free of charge before Social Justice Sunday. These include Social Justice Sunday Liturgy Notes, a PowerPoint presentation and community and education resources. ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1808d1–5 October - NATSICC National Assembly

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council delegates will come together in Perth to experience an event that will explore the faith, spirituality and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics. Speakers include Senator Pat Dodson, Fr Frank Brennan SJ OAM and Dr Richard Walley OAM (Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples). ... Read more

 All events

National | ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

This includes information about social justice events by various organisations around Australia. Event details may have changed since being posted - please confirm with the organiser.


News Monitor:

1808ePope changes Church stance on death penalty

Pope Francis ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, asserting that 'the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person'. Announcing the change, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said: 'The new text, following in the footsteps of the teaching of John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, affirms that ending the life of a criminal as punishment for a crime is inadmissible because it attacks the dignity of the person, a dignity that is not lost even after having committed the most serious crimes.'  ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1808f5 September 2013 - Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers

The Convention was adopted by the International Labour Organisation. It recognises the right to decent work as represented in daily and weekly rest hours, entitlement to minimum wage and choice of the place where domestic workers live and spend their leave. Ratifying states are also required to take protective measures against violence and to enforce a minimum age which is consistent with the minimum age at other types of employment.  ... see more Diary items



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