Catholic teaching upholds dignity of every human being

16/05/2014

Catholic Outlook May 2014: DWF Appeal
The treatment of people arriving on Australia’s shores seeking protection and safety has drifted far from the ideals proclaimed by the Church in its teaching.

From Catholic Outlook May 2014

The role of the Social Justice Office of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta is to identify, reflect on and respond to issues which affect society. The office disseminates information and possibilities for action to local parishes and liaises with other welfare and social justice organisations.

The Social Justice Office receives funding from the Diocesan Works Fund Appeal and works closely with the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, which has a mandate from Australia’s Catholic Bishops to:

  • Advise and serve the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at both a national and international level on migrant and refugee issues, including the development of Church policy.
  • Act as an official Church voice as approved by the Bishops Conference on issues relating to migrants and refugees.
  • Act as a channel of communication between diocesan offices and the Bishops Conference.
  • Provide a mechanism for effective consultation and coordination among Catholic bodies and other groups involved in migrant and refugee activities.
  • Make appropriate representation to government and other bodies on matters relating to migrants and refugees.

While current political and media debate continues around the issue of asylum seekers and refugees, Australia’s bishops see and hear the real people behind these stories, people who are in need of a Gospel response to this complex situation.

Bishops are visiting detention centres, informing themselves directly about the situation. They are also writing to elected members, expressing their concerns and making submissions to government.

Read full story at the Catholic Outlook Site

For information about the work of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office: www.acmro.catholic.org.au

To contact the Diocese of Parramatta’s Social Justice Office please tel Sr Louise McKeogh FMA, Social Justice Coordinator, (02) 8838 3429 or send an email to: lmckeogh@parra.catholic.org.au

Faith at Work is the theme of the Diocesan Works Fund (DWF) Appeal being held in parishes and Catholic schools throughout the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta during May. This appeal is an opportunity to act together as a diocesan family to support ministries and services that no single individual or parish can offer.

You can donate through your parish or school or online at Faith at Work: www.faithatwork.org.au 


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