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.’
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