Social Issues

We should always remember that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God and has an inalienable and transcendent human dignity which gives rise to human rights. Further, every human person is equal in dignity and rights and every human community, every race and culture is also equal in dignity and rights. The human family is one because we are all children of the one God. Human beings are part of God’s creation and are called to act as stewards safeguarding the integrity of creation. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ call us to work for justice, peace, human rights, and development. All Christians share by their baptism in the mission of Jesus.

Royal Commission

On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission presented a final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters. Documents that are relevant to the Catholic Church are listed below.

Franciscans International

OUR VISION – A global community in which the dignity of every person is respected, resources are shared equitably, the environment is sustained, and nations and peoples live in peace.

We are a Franciscan voice at the United Nations protecting the vulnerable, the forgotten, and the wounded earth through advocacy.

Same Sex Marriage

Recently Australia voted on same sex marriage and as a result the definition of marriage has been changed. The following documents have been provided to give some consideration to the topic.