The rising cost of living and slow wages growth in Australia are combining to put pressure on many household budgets. Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council expresses concern especially for low paid workers and families living in poverty. In his pastoral letter for… Read More »Just Wages Call on Feast of St Joseph the Worker
Catholic Social Teaching Australia
The Catholic Bishops of Australia share with the Pope the responsibility to teach about social justice issues. They contribute to Catholic Social Teaching by addressing issues faced by the Australian community and offering Australian perspectives on international issues. By focusing on the local context, they can be more concrete and specific than the international teachings. This category helps you to find their teachings.
Australian Teachings, Commentary, Quotes
Here you will find links to teaching by individual Australian Bishops and by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and its agencies and on social justice issues. We also offer commentary on their teaching and quotes with questions for reflection and discussion.
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Manus Island following the closure of the Australian funded immigration detention centre on 31 October 2017. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference spokesperson on asylum seekers and refugees. He made the following statement on 3 November. Bishop Long’s Statement… Read More »Manus Island Detainees Australia’s Responsibility says Bishop
In a 7 November 2016 statement Bishop Vincent Long calls on Australians to reject cruel refugee measures proposed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton. They intend to introduce legislation banning refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat from 19 July 2013… Read More »Australian Bishop Blasts Cruel Refugee Measures
In a 13 October 2016 statement the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference calls on the Australian government to bring asylum seekers held on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia. Conference President, Archbishop Hart, got behind the Bring Them Here campaign: We endorse the campaign to Bring Them Here to Australia. We… Read More »Time to Bring Them Here Say Australian Bishops
Social Justice Statement 2016 – 2017 The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Social Justice Statement 2016 – 2017 addresses social justice in an ageing society. The statement is titled A Place at the Table. Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen’s opening message explains: At this time in Australia, we face a threefold… Read More »A Place at the Table: Social Justice in an Ageing Society
The Catholic Church in Australia will celebrate Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016 on 28 August. Bishop Calls for Culture of Encounter and Welcome Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, the Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees said, “Australia has had a long history of welcoming migrants and refugees, including… Read More »Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2016