Social Justice

Seeking to support parishes bring the Church’s teachings to everyday choices, involvement and commitment; to witness to the world the values espoused by Catholic Social teachings. 

Social Justice Statement 2016 - 2017

A Place at the Table:
Social Justice in an Ageing Society

The Statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant contribution to society and emphasises that this contribution should not be valued in mere economic terms. The Statement calls for justice for those who are most vulnerable and warns about a view of older people as burdensome or dispensable.

 To read the document or for further details please visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website at


Migrant and Refugee Sunday - 27 August 2017

Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless

Migrant and Refugee Sunday will be held on 27 August 2017. This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. As part of the celebrations, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has prepared a Migrant and Refugee Resource Kit to assist schools and parishes to prepare celebrations for Migrant and Refugee Sunday.

For a soft copy of the kit, please go to



Social Justice Statement 2015-2016

For Those Who've Come Across the Seas
Justice for refugees and asylum seekers

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2015–16 challenges Australians to think again about our national response to asylum seekers. The Statement addresses the divisive national debate over asylum seekers, especially those who arrive by boat. It reminds all Australians of the need to welcome and comfort those who have fled here from terror and danger, and to live out the example of Jesus, who never turned his back on those who were lost or suffering.

Read the statement at the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s website


Laudato Si'

On Care for our Common Home 

Since its release on 18 June 2015, Laudato Si’, has prompted much discussion in the Church and public square about the ecological issues impacting our world. The following resources are available to allow a continued dialogue and response to this encyclical.



1. Diocese of Broken Bay Laudato Si’ Discussion Guide for Parishes, Schools and Small Groups 
This resource is available online and can be used as a guide for small groups.

2. Tree of Life - A resource from Catholic Earthcare Australia for the first anniversary of Laudato Si'
This resource includes a prayer card; Sunday Gospel reflections; a theological reflection; and ways of taking practical action.

3. Living Laudato Si’ – The Ecological Challenge of Pope Francis
This recently released book offers a 40-day eco-reflection on the thoughts of Pope Francis as articulated in his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. It provides further reflections on some of the prominent themes underscored in the encyclical with a central focus on our integral relationship with our fellow humans and the whole natural world. Rediscover our eco-vocation as authentic carer of creation and rekindle a sense of intimacy and communion with the natural world. “In these words you will be richly challenged and given the resources to rise against the common ecological indifference that marks our current time.” – Most Rev Peter A Comensoli. $18 per book + $7.45 Postage (discounts for pensioners and students). To order email/call: Rev Norberto Ochoa, Warringah Parish or 0437 324 227

For any further assistance, please contact David Patterson at or 9847 0514.

The online text of the Encyclical and further resources can be found here.

Copies of the Encyclical can be purchased online from Pauline Books & Media here.

Dignity and Work 2016: Discussion Guides

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) has developed three Discussion Guides on Dignity and Work, on the following topics:


  • Calling for a ‘New Start’ on Unemployment Allowances

  • Calling for the Protection of Penalty Rates

  • Calling for the Defence of the ‘Right to Rest’

These can be accessed at


Social Justice e-Bulletin


Broken Bay News Archive 

E-news Articles Archive



Dr Cristina Gomez
Telephone: 9847 0428


Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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