Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Fr Maurizio Pettena calls for immediate action on the allegations made in the leaked Nauru files. The Nauru files detail numerous alleged incidents of physical and sexual abuse of detainees at Australia’s offshore immigration detention centre. Fr Pettena expressed “grave concern… Read More »Immediate Action needed on Nauru Files
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.
Migrants, Refugees & the Gospel of Mercy The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has prepared a kit for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016. It will help individuals, parishes, schools and communities to celebrate the event. The kit shares Pope Francis’ World Day of Migration Message for 2016, and a… Read More »Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has issued a statement urging Catholics to consider how they will vote in the Federal Election 2016. In it they pick up Pope Francis’ expression “thrown away people” highlighting the experiences of Indigenous Australians asylum seekers and refugees survivors of sexual abuse those who… Read More »Election 2016 – Australian Bishops Urge Vote for the Voiceless
Causes of Trafficking In a submission to the Australian Government’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference say that human trafficking and slavery are the terrible consequence of economic and social exclusion, where: • We don’t recognise the human dignity of each person, so people are… Read More »Trafficking Submission by Australian Bishops
Bishop Vincent Long responded on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops to a High Court finding on 3 February 2016 that the offshore processing of the refugee status claims of asylum seekers is not contrary to Australian law. He called for compassion and mercy for families currently in Australia who… Read More »Protect Asylum Seekers say Australian Bishops
Bishop Terence Brady issued a message for the International Day of People with Disability 2015 on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. He is the Conference’s Delegate for Disability Issues and a member of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life. Bishop Brady noted that “according to the 2011 National… Read More »Bishops Call for Inclusion of People with Disability