Monthly Archives: October 2008

Commission Launches Justice Principles Card

Monday 20 October 2008



Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has produced a colourful card to help Catholics to become more aware of the principles of Catholic social teaching.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that it was important that Catholics understood principles of the Church’s social teaching so that they could be used as a guide in assessing important social issues.

“The Church’s social teaching is sometimes described as the Church’s ‘best kept secret’ because so few Catholics know much about it,” Mr Arndt said.

“The Commission has highlighted these principles whenever it issues resources or speaks publicly on important issues,” he said.

“However, the Commission has put some of the major principles on a card so Catholics can see them together and, perhaps, be motivated to find out more,” he said.

“These principles and criteria have been developed and repeatedly espoused by all the Popes since Pope Leo XIII,” he said.

“While the Popes may use the principles in talking about a particular issue of the time, many of them have a lasting value and can be applied to many situations in every age,” he said.

“That is why the Vatican speaks of the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity as universal principles of Catholic social doctrine,” he said.

The colourful cards list seven key principles of Catholic social teaching and provide a brief explanation of each.

The cards also include some relevant prayers taken from the Church’s liturgy.

All parishes in the Archdiocese are being sent a number of copies free of charge with the hope that they will be used to raise awareness of Catholic social teaching among parishioners.

Further copies can be purchased from the Commission at a very reasonable price.

“The Commission hopes to provide Catholics in the Archdiocese with more resources and opportunities to find out more about the key ideas of the Church’s social doctrine,” Mr Arndt added.

For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.
NB This release is issued with the approval of the Commission or its Executive under the provision of its Charter which enables it to speak in its own right. The views expressed in it do not necessarily represent the views of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

The Church and Justice



The Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has produced a new resource to promote the principles of Catholic Social Teachings. You can download the card (a pdf file) The Church and Justice Resource

This new resource also features the new logo foe the Commission: The logo image features the Wompoo Fruit Dove, the largest of the Tropical North Queensland fruit-doves.

For more than a century, drawing on scripture and its rich tradition, the Church has developed a significant body of teaching on social concerns. Catholic Social Teaching emphasises that promoting social justice in our world is an essential element of witnessing to the Gospel and hence the responsibility of all Christians.

‘Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.’

Justice in the World

World Synod of Catholic Bishops, 1971

2008 Social Justice Sunday Statement

Social Justice Statement 2008

Social Justice Statement 2008

A Rich Young Nation: The Challenge of Affluence and Poverty in Australia

This year’s statement reflects on the Gospel story of the rich young man who asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life. The man was shocked when Jesus told him to sell all he had and follow him. He went away, unable to let go of his possessions and see and act in a different way (Mark 10: 17 -22).

The rich man had kept the Law, but he could not step out of his comfort zone and see the plight of the poor and care for them.

Like the rich man, we in Australia are challenged by the Word of God to use its wealth for the good of all, especially for those who have missed out on economic prosperity

Read more about the statement here.


Resources for the 208 Statement