The real call of this [Statement] is to move beyond ‘them and us’ to being only us!’
– Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO
We were thrilled to attend the national launch of the 2017-18 Bishop’s Social Justice Statement this morning. Titled Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy, the Statement draws on the Church’s rich Social Doctrine to analyse our current economic approach and concludes that we have become the servants of the modern economy rather than it being at the service of us. It challenges us all to renew our commitment to radical discipleship and bring out private faith to bear on public conversations about economic policy; it challenges us to advocate for human dignity to be the centre and purpose of economic choices; to insist that growth alone cannot be our measure of success and what it means to flourish; to advocate for equity to be built into the very structure of our economy; and to see the economy and business as being at the service of all in recognition that God gifted all of creation to the whole of humanity without favour or exclusion.
We will be bringing this Statement to life over the next twelve months and look forward to working alongside all people of goodwill to try to bring about some of the moral vision laid out by the Australian Bishops to the public life of Sydney.
You can get a copy of the Statement in PDF or Word form here. Or check with your Parish Priest about whether your parish has placed an order for hard copies to be delivered in time for Social Justice Sunday on September 24!